Four new Preston shops proposed after supermarket idea struggles

PLANS: The junction of London Road and James Street
PLANS: The junction of London Road and James Street
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A plot of land could become home to four new shops after failing to attract interest in becoming a food store.

Developers had previously secured permission to turn the former nursery site on the corner of James Street and London Road into one food retail unit.

But, after struggling to market the site, Technicare Incorporated has now applied to Preston Council to build four units with 19 parking spaces.

A statement, submitted by agent Compass Architectural + Consultants, said: “Since the granting of outline planning permission by Preston Council for a 400sqm A1 retail unit, the proprietor of the site has struggled to successfully market it and instead considers that four smaller individual units, suitable for a range of uses within class A1, would prove more developable and see the site developed.”

Town Centre councillor Drew Gale said he thought the plans would benefit the area. He said: “I think four units is very appropriate for the area. 
“I think local amenities for the residents within the four units would be beneficial. We just need to get the land into use and improve amenities for the residents.” Permission had been granted in 2008 for a three-storey block of student flats with car parking, but that fell through.