One of Preston’s most historic parks and areas could be protected by a new conservation area.Advertisement
Moor Park has been proposed by the council to become listed so it is restricted in terms of what development can happen in the area.
The park dates back to 1253 when Henry III granted a charter to the burgesses of Preston for 324 acres of moorland.
Around the park are numerous redbrick houses as the area has become increasingly urbanised.
View a map below showing the proposed boundary of the conservation area
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Moor Park councillor David Borrow said he supported the conservation area.
He said: “I live about 100 yards from the park and can see the park from my front bedroom windows so Moor Park is really important to me. I remember the uproar when the council considered building an athletic track on the park over 20 years ago – very pleased we stopped that.
“I think anything that safeguards the park is a good thing and as a local resident I would support the proposal to set up a Moor Park Conservation Area – as a local councillor I will await the views of other local residents who I think will share my support for a Conservation Area.”
The conservation area could come into force on Saturday 25 August if no councillors object.
This will mean the council’s planning committee will need to consider the special status when planning applications are made in the area.
A four week consultation with the public is planned to take place at the Bowling Pavillions on Moor Park.
What is a conservation area?
An area of special architectural or historic interest the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance
View the full council report on the proposed conservation area
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