Proposals for ‘Eastway hub’ are submitted

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A new “hub” development could be built in Fulwood if permission is granted by Preston Council.

Hollins Strategic Land LLP have lodged plans for a food store, petrol station, a restaurant or drive-through and a pub, as well as new access and parking.

But a ward councillor has spoken of his concerns for local residents, believing there is no current demand for the proposed “Eastway hub”.

The site of the proposed mixed use development, of about 3.07 hectares, is north of Eastway, south of the M55 and west of the A6 Garstang Road.

A design and access statement, submitted to Preston Council, said the proposed development would include units for community use, a food store and petrol station, a pub, a restaurant/ drive-through as well as public realm, landscape and highways improvements.

The statement said the “vision” of the hub was: “To create a sustainable, attractive and high quality mixed-use scheme for Fulwood that provides local facilities to serve the local population, is integrated into the wider community and contributes to creating a sense of place and identity.”

It said: “The scheme will improve connectivity and community cohesion between the existing and future residents of Fulwood and the North West Preston Strategic Location.”

But Greyfriars ward councillor Damien Moore said: “We will be monitoring this very carefully because of the size of the development. How is it going to impact on noise and the traffic? That would be our major concern.”

He added that he didn’t think there was a demand for it in the local area “at this moment in time”. A decision on the outline application will be made by members of Preston Council’s planning committee.