St George’s shopping centre's fresh look bid gets thumbs up from Preston's planning committee

An artist's impression of the St Georges shopping centre makeover
An artist's impression of the St Georges shopping centre makeover
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A makeover to the frontage of the St George’s shopping centre - including a “living wall” feature - is all set to go after being given the stamp of approval from the council.

The bid received the unanimous backing of members of the city’s planning committee last week.

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Developers have proposed to introduce new balconies, street furniture and lantern lights in addition to the “living wall” of plants and vines to give a new look to the shopping venue facing out on

Friargate and Ringway. The planning bid also included changes to the condition of use for the centre meaning some of the commercial units could be used for leisure purposes rather than just shops or restaurants. The submission says this will give the centre owners more options and could signal new arrivals at St George’s in the near future.

They said: “The existing external frontage is dated and requires improvement to reflect the nature and quality of the shopping offer proposed.”