Hey Presto! A 'Striking and Imposing' New Block Gets the Go-Ahead in Preston

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A proposed student accommodation block looks set to be approved after planners were told the development would be 'striking and imposing' but also 'sensitively designed.'

The development will be built over a 66.7 acre plot in the city centre, will rise up to 7 storys high, and contain 315 bedrooms over 64 cluster flats.

Ahead of the meeting, which will take place on Monday 30 March, a city planning officer has produced a report recommending that the scheme should be approved: 'The application site has been cleared for a number of years, awaiting development... We recognize the benefits of locating new purpose-built student accommodation adjacent to main university buildings... and close to city centre shops, amenities and public transport.'

He also added that the 'scale and design of the development' would 'integrate into the urban street scene and would positively contribute to the character and appearance of a prominent area of the city centre. As such, the proposal complies with the relevant provisions of the development plan and there are no material considerations which outweigh this finding.'

The development, applied for by Stonewell Property Co, will be built on vacantland adjoining a Tesco Express store and surrounded by Corporation Street to the west, Friargate Bow to the east, Edward Street tp the north and Marsh Lane to the south.

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