Marina plan dropped for brickworks

Developers have axed plans for a marina on the site of the old brickworks in Cottam.

Monday, 27th March 2017, 2:59 pm
Updated Saturday, 8th April 2017, 10:28 pm
Artists impression of how the £80 million site at Cottam Brickworks will look

A new application submitted to Preston City Council has also scaled down the size of a residential development on the land from 206 homes to 114.

The new plans are revealed in two applications for housing on the site adjacent to the Lancaster Canal and the household waste recycling centre off Tom Benson Way.

The land previously had outline planning approval for up to 206 homes granted in 2012. It also had full planning permission for a marina connected to the canal.

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But a new statement to the city’s planning committee says: “Due to changes in market conditions it is considered that there is no longer a demand for a marina in this location.”

Cottam Hall was originally earmarked as an £80m satellite village with canalside living and a large “district centre” including a superstore, pub/restaurants, shops, offices and a petrol station. The commercial development, which sits to the north of the proposed residential area, is unaffected by the changes - in addition to shops and a supermarket it will also have a health hub, a pharmacy, a creche and a coffee shop.

Cottam Brickworks was built close to the canal to transport bricks south into Preston and north to Lancaster. It ceased production in the 1960s, the clay quarry was filled in with demolition rubble and the land has been derelict ever since.