Preston docklands flats plan set for green light

Proposals: An apartment block looks set to be built next to Midland House on Maritime Way, Preston

Proposals: An apartment block looks set to be built next to Midland House on Maritime Way, Preston

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  • Oceanwave Estates Ltd has applied to build on land at Maritime Way
  • The proposed building would provide 28 two-bedroomed apartments
  • Councillors will discuss the plans on Monday
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An apartment block looks set to be built on Preston’s docklands, after plans were recommended for approval.

Oceanwave Estates Ltd has applied to build a part three, part four and part five-storey building on land next to Midland House at Maritime Way.

A contemporary approach to design will be taken, with the intention being to create a landmark development to provide a focal point in the site and take visual emphasis away from the more utilitarian appearance of the existing Midland House.

Councillors will discuss the plans on Monday, which have been recommended for the green light by officers.

A report, to be discussed at the public meeting, said the proposed building would provide 28 two-bedroomed apartments, and there would also be associated parking.

It said: “The proposed siting and scale of development would respect the existing pattern of development in the area and would not detract from the amenities of the occupiers of existing residential occupiers.

“The proposal would provide for 30 per cent affordable housing in accordance with the council’s requirements.

“There is sufficient space within and around the proposed building to provide for both waste management and landscaping which would be dealt with at the reserved matters stage and can be secured by condition.

“The proposal would contribute to meeting the council’s ongoing housing supply over the medium period of the Publication Local Plan.”

The report said the building would be L-shaped, and access to the site would be via the existing point from Maritime Way.

It said there would be a new car parking area for 12 spaces behind the existing office building, with another 10 spaces towards the front of the site.

The report also said there would also be space for 14 cars under the main parts of the building.

A statement submitted to Preston Council by agents Cassidy + Ashton said: “The proposal, along with the previously approved conversion of Midland House to apartments, will provide much needed regeneration of this site, whilst contributing to the shortfall in housing in Preston.

“A contemporary approach to design will be taken, with the intention being to create a landmark development to provide a focal point in the site and take visual emphasis away from the more utilitarian appearance of the existing Midland House.”