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Hub plan could create 200 jobs

Plans have been tabled for a pub, restaurants, caf�, a supermarket and smaller shops at The Eastway Hub.

Plans have been tabled for a pub, restaurants, caf�, a supermarket and smaller shops at The Eastway Hub.

Up to 200 jobs could be created if a new ‘hub’ development is given the go ahead.

Plans have been tabled for a pub, restaurants, café, a supermarket and smaller shops at ‘The Eastway Hub’.

The site lies between Eastway and the M55 on the northern edge of Fulwood, Preston.

Proposals for the hub have been submitted to Preston Council by Manchester-based developers Hollins Strategic Land.

Mark Cooper, of Hollins Strategic Land said: “Not only are we going to provide facilities for the existing community so they can get some benefit from the strategic development, our proposals will create the equivalent of over 200 full-time jobs with overall employment for at least 400 people.”

The site is within the North West Preston strategic development area, where some 4,000 new homes are expected to be built over the next 12 years.

The company claims the scheme will also help traffic levels in the area by making journeys to shop shorter for local people.

It added: “The council currently intends to provide for some new shops much later in the strategic development.

“HSL are keen to provide these uses as soon as possible so that the existing community benefits from the new services at the outset and they will be in place to serve people moving to the new housing as and when it is built.”

A design and access statement, submitted to Preston Council, said the “vision” of the hub was: “To create a sustainable, attractive and high quality mixed-use scheme for Fulwood that provides local facilities to serve the local population, is integrated into the wider community and contributes to creating a sense of place and identity.”

A decision on the plans will be made by Preston Council in the coming months.

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