Planning chiefs in Preston have tabled a bid to erect new gates in a city conservation area in a bid to keep out intruders.
Lancashire County Council’s planning committee will debate proposals on Wednesday to erect new gates at Winckley House, Cross Street, in the city.
Officers at County Hall have recommended the plans, tabled by Preston Council, are given the go-ahead.
The authority wants to build “2.5m high finial topped railings with mesh fencing fixed to the rear side” at the front of the underpass of Winckley House, which provides access to the enclosed rear yard area of the building.
A report to the planning committee continues: “The railings and gates would be coloured black and burgundy and would prevent unauthorised access to the rear of the building.
“Planning permission was previously granted in 2009 for the development.
“However, the permission was never implemented and has therefore lapsed.
“It is considered that the mesh proposed to be attached the rear of the railings would detract from the appearance of the fencing.
“However, this mesh was a feature of the previous permission in 2009 and the applicant maintains that it is required to prevent intruders from reaching through the railings and activating the door opening mechanism.”
It adds: “Their traditional design would be in keeping with Winckley House, would preserve the character of the conservation area.”
The development control committee meeting, which members of the public can attend, takes place in cabinet room B at County Hall. It starts at 10am on Wednesday. Officers have recommended the scheme go ahead subject to approval of materials to be used.