Trampoline centre plan lodged for Preston retail park

Site: Planning concent is being sought for the Queen's Street location in Preston

Site: Planning concent is being sought for the Queen's Street location in Preston

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A trampolining centre could open in an empty unit on a city retail park, if plans are given the green light.

The Brookhouse Group, set to overhaul Queens Retail Park in Preston, has applied for temporary permission for a trampoline park on the site.

The proposal is temporary in nature, given that Queens Retail Park is undergoing a complete overhaul, with phase one, including the refurbishment of The Range store and the development of a new Aldi, well underway

Community leaders say the plans would help keep young people off the streets, while Brookhouse bosses say it would bring visitors to the retail park.

An application has been lodged with Preston Council for the temporary conversion of a unit, from retail to leisure use, for two years.

A document said the refurbished unit would include a main trampoline area, a children’s trampoline area, a foam pit and party rooms.

It said: “The proposal is temporary in nature, given that Queens Retail Park is undergoing a complete overhaul, with phase one, including the refurbishment of The Range store and the development of a new Aldi, well underway.

“As such, later phases are likely to involve the modification or demolition of the proposal site.”

The application said the plans would “generate activity and footfall to the retail park”, and said: “This will further assist in generating the market activity and interest which will ultimately support occupier interest for the redevelopment of the remainder of the park.”

Town centre councillor Yakub Patel said: “Anything which enhances the look of the ward for Preston, I’m all for it.

“As long as they follow the planning procedure I don’t see any reason why anybody should have a problem with this. It will keep young people out of trouble and encourage them to take up exercise.”