Major plans to give a new lease of life to a city-centre building look set to be given the green light.
An application was lodged by Preston-based Equitas Solicitors to transform Glovers House in Glovers Court into a shop, restaurant and 30 apartments.
Now council bosses have recommended the plans for approval, saying they would bring “vitality and vibrancy” to the area.
The proposal is to refurbish the buildings and add extra floors, to make it all six storeys high. If approved, the property will become home to nine two-bedroomed apartments and 21 one-bedroomed apartments.
A report to Preston Council’s planning committee, which is due to meet next Thursday, said: “The proposed development would bring new uses to long vacant and prominent city centre premises and help bring new vitality and vibrancy to the area.
“While the marginal viability of the proposed development means that contributions to affordable housing and education cannot be afforded, it is considered that this is outweighed by the benefits of the scheme and the proposed development would otherwise comply with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which outweigh this finding. The application therefore merits approval.”
The report said a shop and restaurant were proposed at ground floor level, with related storage and possible kitchen use in the basement.
It said “future operators” were not yet known, so there were no details of opening hours.
It said: “The upper floor extension to the building would be of a contemporary design with bronze and brass coloured metal cladding.”