Breaking: £40m Fishergate plans withdrawn

How the Fishergate Shopping Centre could look
How the Fishergate Shopping Centre could look
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Major plans to regenerate Preston’s Fishergate Shopping Centre have been withdrawn.

The £40m project was due to be discussed by Preston Council’s planning committee at a meeting on Thursday, where it had been recommended for refusal by planning officers.
However, Town Hall chiefs today confirmed the application had been withdrawn.

The plans included a three-storey extension to the centre, incorporating restaurants, a nine-screen cinema, and extra retail units, as well as alterations to the car park.

They had been recommended for refusal, after planning bosses said the cinema proposals could undermine over-arching plans for the city centre.

The news comes as Vue cinema announced they would not be leaving the Capitol Centre at Walton-le-Dale.

The Fishergate Centre is yet to comment.