Fresh plans for Preston city centre retail park are submitted

New Vision: How the Queens Retail Park development could look
New Vision: How the Queens Retail Park development could look
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Fresh plans for a major retail park in the centre of Preston have been tabled - more than 20 years after development of the site was first given the thumbs up.

An application for the first phase of work in the city’s Horrocks Quarter on the Queens Retail Park has been submitted to the council, including a new foodstore, amended access and an extended car park.

But grand ideas passed last summer to develop the wider area have been deemed “not deliverable in the current economic climate”.

The Brookhouse Group has submitted plans for land bounded by Queens Street, Stanley Street and London Road.

The application is for a foodstore, changes to access, reconfiguration of a car park, and other works following the demolition of existing buildings.

Outline plans have also been lodged for the building of two new commercial units.

Planning permission for Queens Retail Park had first been granted in August 1994, wish six subsequent applications by the Brookhouse Group.

Plans agreed in 2012, and again last year, were to develop the whole area of Queens Retail Park and the former Booths warehouse and distribution centre.

Since then, the Booths site has been acquired by Brookhouse Group, and the current application is the first phase of in a “coordinated and comprehensive” redevelopment of Horrocks Quarter.

Plans submitted show an image of Aldi at the centre of the plans.

A statement said: “The proposed development will provide significant employment opportunities to local residents across a range of career options from management to part time, shop floor posts.”