Barracks plan given the nod

Approved: New blocks are to be built at the Barracks
Approved: New blocks are to be built at the Barracks
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Two new accommodation blocks at Fulwood Barracks have been given the go-ahead by planning bosses.

Plans had been lodged by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation for the site to the north of Watling Street Road.

The buildings are part of “Project SLAM” - a programme for “Single Living Accommodation modernisation” - being undertaken by the MoD, and were approved by councillors at a meeting this week.

Members of Preston Council’s planning committee agreed the proposals for a 20-bedroomed accommodation building for 12 senior officers and eight junior officers on the eastern side of the Infantry Square.

They also approved a similar building with 20 bedrooms for senior non-commissioned officers (SNCOs) to the north of the playing pitches.

Senior planning officer Janet Filbin told the committee the buildings would be of a “sensitive design to respect the heritage on site”, and were recommended for approval with conditions.

A report to councillors said: “The proposed development is part of a MoD programme to secure necessary improvements to accommodation for serving officers and has been sensitively designed to integrate into the existing site, having regard to the setting of listed buildings and the character and appearance of the Fulwood Conservation Area.”