Preston docks flats plan stalled

Plans: An apartment block next to Midland House on Maritime Way, Preston, may be rejected
Plans: An apartment block next to Midland House on Maritime Way, Preston, may be rejected
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PLANS to build an apartment block at Preston’s docklands look set to be thrown out, following a recommendation from planning bosses.

An application had been lodged by Oceanwave Estates to build a part three, part four, and part five-storey building on land next to Midland House on Maritime Way.

The plans had initially been recommended for approval at a meeting earlier this year and were then deferred, but officers now say they should be rejected over fears including noise, parking and flood risk.

A report, to be discussed by Preston Council’s planning committee on Thursday, said the proposal was for 28 two-bedroomed apartments with associated parking.

But it said it had “not been satisfactorily demonstrated” that the development wouldn’t be adversely affected by noise and vibration from the nearby railway line and crossing.

It said: “The proposal would provide for 30 per cent affordable housing in accordance with the council’s requirements. The proposal would contribute to meeting the council’s ongoing housing supply over the medium period of the publication local plan. However issues relating to potential ground contamination, noise, parking provision and flood risk have not been satisfactorily addressed and the planning application is therefore recommended for refusal.”

Alban Cassidy, chartered town planner and environmental consultant at Cassidy + Ashton, agents for the application, said: “The council previously agreed that the principal for the development is acceptable, but certain technical queries have arisen during the course of the application.

“We are undertaking works to address these and are confident that they will be resolved to the satisfaction of the council. Unfortunately, it has not been possible to conclude the works before Thursday’s committee meeting.”