VISION OF THE FUTURE: Preston site to be transformed by nursery plan

NEW BUILD: Two views of how the proposed nursety could look
NEW BUILD: Two views of how the proposed nursety could look
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Bosses of a leading independent school want to build a new nursery it edge of the Preston countryside.

Plans have been drawn up for a scheme which could see open grassland off Lightfoot Lane in Fulwood, transformed to provide state-of-the art childcare facilities.

The site, close to Tabley Lane, is currently used as 
grazing land bounded by hedgerows, with some mature tree planting.

Proposals, yet to go before Preston City Council, show 
access to a two-storey building off Lightfoot Lane but the plan is to complete the development in two phases.

The first, a 44-place nursery school will use the existing access until the new proposed East West Link Road to the north of the site is completed in 2017. The link road is intended site access in the longer term. The second, larger phase will involve extending building to take up to 120 children up to the age of five, and it is expected that the access will be front the new main road, which is due to be finished by then.

The owners of the land already own and run Ashbridge Independent school and nursery in Hutton, where they have transformed the former Myerscough College site in Lindle Lane. They recently opened a new nursery in Preston after redeveloping the site the old Bridge Inn in Walton-le-Dale.

The applicants say the proposed nursery will serve the existing residential developments in the Cottam and Higher Bartle areas and the proposed major housing developments that are planned for that part of North West Preston.

It is estimated the first phase will see eight staff employed rising to a total of 23 once the development is fully occupied.

Plans show landscaping and car parking and it is intended that pick up/drop off will be fully contained within the site and that there will be no impact upon users of Lightfoot Lane.