Church in bid for new Preston site

Plans have been lodged to turn the former Halfords in Ribbleton into a community church

Plans have been lodged to turn the former Halfords in Ribbleton into a community church

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A communty church is bidding to turn a former Halfords retail unit into its new base.

Longton Community Church has submitted plans to Preston Council relating to an existing retail unit and MOT testing station in Ribbleton Lane, Preston.

New look: The former Halfords site in Ribbleton

New look: The former Halfords site in Ribbleton

The proposed development site near Preston Prison was formerly occupied by Halfords, with the main retail entrance frontage facing on to Ribbleton Lane.

The church, now based at Clydesdale Place, Leyland, says it has outgrown its current site and needs a city centre base from which to carry out its community work.

In documents supporting the application, agents Equilibrium Architects of Bury say: “The proposed accommodation is required because the church has outgrown its existing facilities – which are no longer adequate for the numbers of people attending the church services on a Sunday, and also because the church would like to have greater engagement with the local community around the central Preston area.

“The outreach work is seen as an important aspect to the service that the church provides to the community – through the provision of warm meals for the elderly and others in need – to the furnishing of houses for people with little or no money setting up home.

The outreach work is seen as an important aspect to the service that the church provides to the community – through the provision of warm meals for the elderly and others in need – to the furnishing of houses for people with little or no money setting up home.

“Longton Community Church feel that they will be able to carry out this vital work from this location and where the former Halfords building is seen as a suitable base for the services that they wish to provide within the East Preston area”.

Landscaping and parking areas are proposed around the site.

The application will be considered by Preston Council’s planning committee in the near future.