Preston church could be bulldozed for houses

Plans lodged to knock down former Church of Ascension on Watling Street Road and build 30 affordable homes

Plans lodged to knock down former Church of Ascension on Watling Street Road and build 30 affordable homes

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A derelict church could be knocked down to make way for a development of affordable homes in Preston.

Plans have been lodged with Preston Council to tear down the former Church of Ascension on Watling Street Road, and build 30 homes on the site.

A separate application has also been submitted to build a community centre on the land, to be run by the Diocese of Blackburn.

The plans have been lodged by joint applicants Galliford Try Partnerships and Chorley Community Housing, and are hoped to “lead to the effective re-use of a brownfield site”.

The estate, if approved, will be made up of 21 one-bedroomed apartments, two two-bedroomed bungalows, and seven two-bedroomed houses.

A statement said: “The proposals seek to make efficient use of an underused brownfield site which is in a sustainable location.

“The scheme will deliver 30 residential units, all of which will be available for 
affordable rent, in conjunction with a Chorley Community Housing.

“This will make an important contribution to the council’s supply of deliverable housing land of which there is currently a significant shortfall.

“A new community centre will also be delivered on the site which will provide a new modern facility for the local community.”

The houses will be a mixture of one, two and three storey, with private gardens to the back of the houses.

A statement said: “The developer’s aim is to create a sympathetic high quality, bespoke residential development and community centre.

“This has been achieved after many design reviews, redesigns and rethinks, discussions with regulatory authorities, design team members and feedback from local housing professionals to achieve this well-balanced project offering much needed diverse housing supply and a community facility to the area.”