Apartment block given green light – but developer avoids contribution

Plans have been submitted to build a five-storey block of 28 apartments on land adjacent to Midland House, off Maritime Way
Plans have been submitted to build a five-storey block of 28 apartments on land adjacent to Midland House, off Maritime Way
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A BLOCK of 25 apartments on Preston’s docks has been given the green light, again.

An application for the part three, part four and part five-storey building at Maritime Way was approved earlier this year, subject to an agreement to secure a cash contribution towards off-site affordable housing.

I am really disappointed for the council tax payers of Preston

Coun Peter Moss

It since emerged the proposed development could not make any financial contribution while maintaining a “viable scheme”, but planning officers at Preston Council said the application should still be given the green light.

The plans were passed again at this week’s planning committee meeting, but councillors said they were “disappointed” there would be no affordable housing.

Chairman Brian Rollo said: “What I get a feeling of is developers getting permission and coming back and modifying it, and I fail to understand how an application that was viable four or five months ago is no longer viable, nothing significant has changed in that time.” Coun Peter Moss added: “I am really disappointed for the council tax payers of Preston.