Student flats plans for Preston city centre

The proposed site
The proposed site
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  • Developer wants 315-bedroom block near Tesco
  • Accommodation would be up to seven storeys high
  • Planners have recommended approval
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Plans for a four to seven storey student accommodation block in Preston look set to be given the green light.

Proposals for the block, which will have 315 bedrooms in 64 cluster flats, will go before planning chiefs on the city council at a meeting next Monday.

Planning chiefs recommend the proposal be given the go ahead.

The site is planned for land at Corporation Street/Marsh Lane and Edward Street.

It is opposite the Colonial Building on Corporation Street and adjoins Tesco Express on its Friargate frontage.

The new complex will also have a retail unit on the ground floor which ‘would infill a current gap between shop buildings’.

The building would consist of mainly six storeys but with taller seven storey towers at the perimeter corners with Corporation Street, stepping down to four storeys on Marsh Lane and having a four storey frontage to Friargate.

A report due before the council states: “The proposed development would lead to the redevelopment of a vacant and brownfield site in a highly sustainable location and would provide quality purpose-built student accommodation that is well related to the University Campus.

“The scale and design of the development would be striking and imposing but has been sensitively designed to integrate into the urban street scene and would positively contribute to the character and appearance of a prominent area of the City Centre.”

The report concluded: “As such, the proposal complies with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which outweigh this finding.

Plans for 196 bedrooms in 37 flats and five retail units were submitted by the same applicant, Stonewell Property Co Ltd, and approved in April 2008.