Preston city-centre apartments plan lodged

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City-centre apartments could be created in Preston in an attempt to encourage young professionals into the area.

Forshaw Land and Property Group has applied to convert a Lune Street building into 20 studio apartments, to provide “affordable accommodation”.

We need that more cosmopolitan feel for the place. I know parking spaces are important but, for city centre apartment developments, it isn’t always required.

Drew Gale

And community representatives say bringing more people into Preston could help boost the night time economy.Developers say the building is already earmarked for eight apartments, and now want to change the layout to create a total of 20 studios.

Town Centre councillor, Drew Gale, said: “I think we need to attract more people into our city centre to live, as it can have a positive effect on our night time economy.”

Plans state there will be no extra car parking provided, and Coun Gale said: “City centre living doesn’t really require a car.

“We need that more cosmopolitan feel for the place. I know parking spaces are important but, for city centre apartment developments, it isn’t always required.”

A statement from agents Hattrell Ds One Architects said: “The building is subject of permitted development rights to form eight apartments.

“We propose an amended layout to create 20 studios in total, being an increase of 12 dwellings.

“The studio apartments will provide affordable accommodation generally for younger people, students, single people, town centre workers.”

The statement said affordable flats within the city centre would allow people to “live and work locally”, and it said new young residents would contribute to the “vibrancy” of the area.