The site of a motor village is set for a major redevelopment to make way for a new gym, supermarket and store.
Applicant SGD (Preston) Ltd wants to develop the site of Perrys Motor Village on Blackpool Road, by demolishing existing buildings and building two stores, and converting a car showroom into a gym.
I would be nervous of there being anything at all on there that had a negative impact on West View Leisure CentreRoy Leeming
Bosses at the three car dealerships currently based at the site have revealed plans to relocate to a larger base at Bluebell Way, making way for the proposed development.
Plans submitted to Preston Council suggest that the food store will become home to a Netto, with a low-cost gym on site as well as a non-food retail unit.
But community representatives have raised concerns that there is not a “crying need” for the proposed units on the site.
St Matthew’s Coun Roy Leeming said: “I would be nervous of there being anything at all on there that had a negative impact on West View Leisure Centre.
“Other than that, there is a Morrison’s Sainsbury’s and Aldi - we definitely aren’t short of another supermarket and we are also well catered around here for gyms.
“So I will be taking more advice and consulting with some other people, but my initial reaction is I am nervous it might have a negative impact on West View and it’s not solving a crying need.
“I’m not sure what I would like to see there, but these weren’t things I thought we were desperately short of.”
A statement from agent Zerum Ltd said: “The current occupants of the site, Perry’s Motor Village, are due to vacate the site and so the current applicant is keen to secure planning permission for redevelopment of the site to ensure it remains in use.
“Various options for the redevelopment have been explored.
“The current proposal is the culmination of around two years of discussions with potential occupiers and takes into consideration the requirements of the market. The current proposal therefore seeks to bring forward new investment on Blackpool Road due to the relocation of the current car showroom operators.
“There are three main elements to the proposal; the first is the conversion of the existing car showroom to a gym; the second is the erection of a non-food retail unit and the third is the erection of a foodstore.”
Peter Lambert, general manager for the motor village site, said: “We have put a planning application in to build three dealerships to replace the current dealerships we have here to move to Bluebell Way.
“We’ve asked for planning permission to build three dealerships for Vauxhall, Mazda and Kia and we are waiting for the planning application to be confirmed.”