Plan for new living space at barracks

LOCATION: New accommodation blocks are planned for Fulwood Barracks
LOCATION: New accommodation blocks are planned for Fulwood Barracks
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Plans to build two new accommodation blocks at Fulwood Barracks look set to get the go-ahead.

A decision on the proposals will be made at Preston Council’s planning committee meeting on Monday, where they are recommended for approval.

The buildings are part of “Project SLAM” which is a programme for ‘Single Living Accommodation Modernisation’ which is currently being undertaken by the Ministry of Defence.

A 20 bedroom accommodation building for 12 senior officers and eight junior officers is proposed on the eastern flank of the Infrantry Square at the barracks in Watling Street Road and a similar building with a 20 bedrooms for senior non-commissioned officers is proposed to the north side of the playing pitches adjacent to a squash court building.

Planning documents state: “The proposed buildings are individually designed but are each rectangular in shape and would be broadly similar in size, at their largest, approximately 37m long x 16m wide.

“The proposed buildings would be a masonry construction and have regular rows of windows to the ground and first floors, a pitched roof and a fire escape to one side.”

The development would lead to the loss of a significant number of trees but new trees will be planted.

The report concludes: “The proposed development is part of a MoD programme to secure necessary improvements to accommodation for serving officers and has been sensitively designed to integrate into the existing site, having regard to the setting of listed buildings and the character and appearance of the Fulwood Conservation Area.”