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Preston Care Home to Make Way for Student Housing

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A former Preston care home closed down by inspectors is to be transformed into student housing.

Oakendale House was once the home of a renowned historian, but looks set to make way for 12 individual bedsits after a planning application was submitted to the city council.

The three-storey premises in Rose Terrace has been unoccupied since August 2016 after the Care Quality Commission placed the facility in special measures and issued a closure notice.

Oakendale House was the former home of historian AJP Taylor and it's understood the English Heritage blue plaque will be retained as part of the development.

Documents submitted as part of the application said: "There is a demand for good quality student accommodation, within easy reach of the main university campus, which offers an alternative to the type of purpose built and sometimes over-bearing multi-rise blocks in the city centre."

Elsewhere city councillors recently granted planning permission to convert Oyston Mill into a student hub, freeing up terraced housing for the residential market.