Preston retail and gym plan is set to be given the green light

Vision: An impression of how the retail and gym development off Eastway might look
Vision: An impression of how the retail and gym development off Eastway might look
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Plans for a retail and gym development in Preston look set to be given the go ahead.

Cassidy and Ashton have applied to transform disused land off Eastway in Fulwood into a mixed retail and leisure warehouse development with parking.

Now planning bosses at Preston Council have recommended the project for approval, subject to conditions being met.

A report to be discussed by the council’s planning committee revealed Aldi, Iceland and B&M have stated their interest in operating from the site.

The proposed building, off the roundabout at Eastway and Oliver’s Place, would house four retail warehouse units, a health and fitness club above the largest units, and four small kiosks. Access to the development would be from Oliver’s Place, and 324 car parking spaces would be provided - including 100 to be used for contract parking.

But Coun Neil Darby, who represents Ingol ward, said he was concerned the proposals went against the local plan, and would jeopardise the development of the Cottam District Centre.

However, the applicant said the proposed development would not have a “significant adverse impact” on the centre, and the proposed scheme would generate employment.

The report said: “A mitigation scheme has been agreed for the Oliver’s Place/Eastway roundabout to overcome concerns relating to congestion, particularly in the peak hour.

“The applicant acknowledges and supports the delivery of the cycle links between Eastway and Ingol and has agreed to provide a shared footway/cycleway along a section of the site frontage to enable access the new Toucan crossing that would be provided as part of the Eastway/Oliver’s Place roundabout mitigation scheme. A Section 106 Agreement would secure travel plan support and prevent a retailer who currently operates a store in an in-centre location from closing that store to operate from Oliver’s Place, in order to ensure the retail impact upon existing centres is not significantly adverse.”