Major student homes plan for centre of Preston

Student flats: Artist's impressions of the proposed apartments in Preston
Student flats: Artist's impressions of the proposed apartments in Preston
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Hundreds of new student beds could be created in Preston’s city centre.

Proposals have been submitted to Preston Council by Lancashire-based Stonewell Property Company to build a cluster of accommodation for 319 students in 62 flats and two self-contained studio apartments.

Space for a retail unit is included on the ground floor and the development will be spread out over four separate blocks.

The whole complex covers an area along four streets - Corporation Street, Edward Street, Friargate and Marsh Lane - which has been the subject of previous separate planning applications.

The site is only a few hundred yards from the University of Central Lancashire’s main campus.

Most of the accommodation will be housed in cluster flats of four, five or six bedrooms laid out in blocks around a courtyard.

Each cluster will have it’s own communal lounge and kitchen facilities, along the lines of other private student “villages” in the city.

Individual bedrooms will have their own en-suite bathrooms and will be internally lockable within the apartment, which will have it’s own front door.

The plans, which have yet to go before the development committee, show a single entrance off Corporation Street near the corner of Marsh Lane.

Access will be controlled with gates across the entry and the siting of the management suite immediately next to the entrance will control supervision of the entry point.

Parking for staff will be provided off Edward Street.

There will be a rear gate to the development leading onto the access road off Edward Street.