Hundreds give views on plans for transformation

future Vision: How the Fishergate Shopping Centre could look
future Vision: How the Fishergate Shopping Centre could look
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Hundreds of people have given their views on major plans to transform Preston’s Fishergate Shopping Centre.

Almost 1,000 visitors have given their feedback on the £25m revamp vision, with 93 per cent in favour of the proposals.

The plans have now been officially lodged with planning bosses, with work hoped to start early next year if permission is granted.

Responses to the consultation showed 95 per cent of people said Preston needs a better range of shops, restaurants and leisure options.

The answers showed 92.7 per cent strongly agreed or agreed the Fishergate Centre is a good location for a cinema, while 91 per cent said the proposed extension to the centre would make them more likely to shop in Preston generally.

If approved, the plans are expected to create more than 250 long-term jobs.

The former TJ Hughes store in the centre will be replaced with six shop units, a mall linking to a feature entrance from the car park, and a leisure offer of five restaurants and a Vue cinema.

Peter Cornforth, director of retail at owners Benson Elliot said: “The overwhelming reaction to our proposals from the public has been hugely positive. People really want to see our plans turned into reality, and they can see the vibrancy it will add to the city centre, which is massively encouraging.

“We’ve received some great comments and suggestions and we’ve taken these on board in putting together our planning application, which has now been submitted to Preston Council. The message we have delivered to the public in our consultation process is that the Fishergate Shopping Centre wants to up its game and play its part for Preston.”

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