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Homes plan approved for site of former deaf school

Homes: The site in Fishwick and, below, Recycling Lives Steve Jackson

Homes: The site in Fishwick and, below, Recycling Lives Steve Jackson

A development of 14 homes is to be built on the site of a former landmark building.

Planning bosses approved a project to transform the former Royal Cross Institute for the Deaf at Brockholes Brow into a mini housing estate.

The land was bought by the founder of a city charity, who will now put a “very modest development” on the Fishwick site.

The main building has already been demolished, although an adjacent premises is still used by Deafway.

Steve Jackson, of Preston-based charity Recycling Lives, applied for the scheme which was approved by the city council’s planning committee this week.

He told the public meeting: “While I am here to speak in favour of the regeneration of a brownfield site in Preston by a low impact housing development, this is not normally my sphere of expertise.

“I was involved by request by the chair of the Deafway charity who was concerned an aggressive purchaser was trying to buy the freehold of the Deafway site.

“The chief executive asked me to purchase the site with a look to developing the unused side and provide stability to the Deafway charity.”

The plans are for 14 detached homes, with 10 four-bedroomed houses and four five-bedroomed houses, and Mr Jackson said: “I am looking to put a very modest development on the site.”

He said he would now look to bring in an established house developer, and said: “As soon as any pre-qualifications are met, we would look to try to get a development underway within 12 months.”

Planning committee members approved the plans, subject to conditions and a section 106 agreement.

 

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