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Major Student Block Proposed for Preston

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Plans are being worked on to deliver a substantial block of student flats in Preston city centre.

It's understood that Kingswood Properties have commissioned PWA Planning to prepare plans for a new 20-storey building.

Under the proposals, the current Foresters' Hall student accommodation situated on Great Shaw Street will be demolished. In its place a brand new block of student accommodation with 305 beds will be built, equipped with a cinema room, study area, gym, roof garden and car parking.

A screening opinion has now been submitted to the council, ahead of a formal planning application.

Commenting on the site, a spokeswoman for the city council said: "It's not an application for development. It's basically a procedure a prospective applicant can follow to find out if, when they do submit a planning application, that planning application is of such a scale/sensitivity that it should be accompanied by an Environmental Statement.

"An Environmental Statement is a comprehensive analysis of the environmental impacts of a development, sort of an added layer of interrogation."

Meanwhile, PWA Planning said its client intends to bring forward an "exciting student accommodation development" in the near future.