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Plans for Preston Student Accommodation Set for Approval

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Plans have been submitted to develop the site of the former Canterbury Hall in Garstang Road, Preston, into a five-storey student accommodation block.

Officers at Preston Council have recommended the plans for approval, which if given the go ahead, will result in the development of 190 student apartments along with a study area, gym and roof terrace.

A report submitted to councillors said objections to the proposals had been received, with concerns raised over the potential impact on traffic, and that it would be too far to walk to some parts of the campus.

County Councillor Frank De Molfetta also commented on the application, suggesting it will lead to increased congestion on the crossing, and there will be a need for a new crossing to replace the traffic lights at the junction of Garstang Road and St George's Road.

Despite the objections, the officers report said the proposed use for the brownfield land was "acceptable in principle".

It said: "It would provide student accommodation in a sustainable location half a mile from Preston city centre and close to existing facilities within the city centre and to existing bus services.

"It is considered that the proposed building would be of high quality design and achieve a high level of sustainability in terms of energy efficiency."

A final decision is expected on the proposal at a planning committee meeting being held this week.