Park ‘eyesore’ to become new venue for community

ALL change: The Coach House in Hurst Grange Park, Penwortham, near Preston
ALL change: The Coach House in Hurst Grange Park, Penwortham, near Preston
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A popular park could soon have it’s own visitor centre.

Plans to transform the Coach House in Hurst Grange Park in Penwortham, near Preston, into a new centre for park visitors look set to be rubber stamped.

The Coach House is currently vacant and the plans would see it used as a place for the community and a base for the neighbourhood police.

A major restoration appeal was launched by the Friends of Hurst Grange Park last year to help raise funds for the work through a ‘buy a brick’ appeal.

Chairman of the Group, Dougie Gornall said he was hopeful the planning application would go through without a hitch.

“Whilst we have been raising funds for the last twelve months, receiving planning approval gives us the green light to move forward to the next stage of detailed plans and costs.”

He added that if the planning application was approved he hoped that work could begin on phase 1 of the renovations by late summer this year.

The group has applied for Charitable status and Dougie said he hoped this would be confirmed within the next few weeks.

The ground floor of the building would have an exhibition/display area, two flexible use spaces, a kitchen and toilet facilities. The ‘flexible uses’ spaces would be used for community events and meetings.

The proposal requires the removal of existing roller shutter doors and insertion of window openings.

An external courtyard would be formed at the rear of the building and would be used as a small workshop area and for storage space.

The plans will go before South Ribble Council’s planning committee next Wednesday.