Preston Council and Community Gateway agree to a land swap

Victory: Previous campaign to save the green space
Victory: Previous campaign to save the green space
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A community is celebrating after a green space was saved for future generations.

Community Gateway Association wanted to build on land at Truro Place in St Matthew’s, but neighbours launched a campaign to keep the open space. Now Preston Council and Community Gateway have agreed to a land swap, meaning the site known as Paul’s Pad will be saved, and up to 28 affordable homes will be built at a larger site at St Paul’s Road, Deepdale.

I think the real victory for everyone involved is we are going to reclaim a piece of brownfield land in the most densely populated, deprived area of Preston and turn it into a green space

Coun Martyn Rawlinson, vice chairman of the Friends of Fishwick and St Matthew’s, said: “We fully understand Gateway needs to build houses. We need more affordable houses desperately, but it wasn’t the right place.

“I think the real victory for everyone involved is we are going to reclaim a piece of brownfield land in the most densely populated, deprived area of Preston and turn it into a green space.”

Community Gateway chief executive Diane Bellinger said: “We know that Preston has a shortage of affordable homes.

“So St Paul’s Road, a former council depot site, will see the development of a number of mixed tenure properties.

“These will provide much needed affordable homes on a site which will lead to a complete regeneration of the area.”