Landmark plans for future of Preston adopted by council

John Swindells, deputy leader of Preston Council
John Swindells, deputy leader of Preston Council
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A masterplan setting out the future development of Preston has been rubber stamped.

The Preston Local Plan maps out how the city will change shape to 2026 including housing development, infrastructure and schools.

And yesterday city councillors voted to adopt the landmark plan as a legal document, putting Preston “in charge of its own destiny”.

Deputy leader of Preston Council, Coun John Swindells, thanked officers and councillors for their efforts on the plan, which he said had taken a “tremendous amount of work”.

He said: “It puts Preston in charge of its own destiny and in the driving seat to a bright, sustainable future.

“It allows Preston to capitalise from every single penny of the £430m Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal in a constructive and planned way for the benefit of the many, not just the few.”

Coun Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council, welcomed the adoption of the Local Plan for Preston.

She said: “It is a major part of the City Deal jigsaw and provides certainty to the future development of Preston.

“It maps out the city’s future in a way that everybody can be utterly clear about.

“This is critical - not just for housing and commercial developers but for the people of Preston, as well as future generations who will live and work in the city.”

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