Planners have given the green light to a storage site for up to 120 commercial vehicles on the outskirts of Preston, freeing up an inner city plot for much-needed new homes.
Eleven three-storey town houses are to be built on land in Deepdale Mill Street when commercial vehicle company MM Acquisitions vacates it for the move to Barnfield Way.
Both planning applications went before city councillors this week and were approved, ridding the residential neighbourhood in Deepdale of a yard where for years HGVs have been stored and refurbished for resale.
The business, which has now outgrown its current site, will relocate to a former scrap yard off Longridge Road. The company, which buys commercial vehicles from across Europe and improves them for re-sale around the globe, has been given permission to store vans and wagons at the new site, with workshop facilities and office accommodation.
Once the move has been made the land in Deepdale Mill Street, which is bounded by two disused railway lines and is near to a mosque and a school, will be turned over to housing.
Plans for 11 homes were approved, with members of the planning committee agreeing housing was a more suitable use for the site in a largely residential area of the city.
“This should be welcomed, because half the time these vehicles are parked all over the place,” said Coun Javed Iqbal.
Coun Terry Cartwright added: “I am delighted they are moving at long last. It will be a huge improvement for the girls’ school there because in the past they have been parking all over Deepdale Mill Street. It will be better for all the residents of that area because all these vehicles will have gone.”