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Former weavers cottages on New Cock Yard to become housing

Posted on - 10th August, 2013 - 8:00am | Author - | Posted in - History, Housing, News, Preston City Centre

The current building on New Cock Yard has been empty for years

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A fire ravaged building in the heart of the city centre could be redeveloped into new homes.

An application by Ged Connor for 14 New Cock Yard, which sits between Glovers Court and Cannon Street, proposes to restore the building.

It sits within the Winckley Square conservation area so permission must be sought from the council.

Mr Connor wishes to demolish the existing two and single storey buildings.

They were gutted by a fire in 2008 and the property is now structurally unstable.

The proposals for turning New Cock Yard back into three single bed apartments and one two-bedroomed apartment state: “The proposal is to restore the fire devastated building and derelict double garage into affordable rental opportunities to provide mixed communities within the heart of the city and within the Winckley Square Conservation Area.”

“The proposal consists of reinstating the former bedsit block into three floors of single bed apartments.

“[It] is an opportunity to restore the site back to its former granduer providing new residential opportunities and high sustainability levels.”

The building was built around 1850 and is currently listed.

It has always been used for residential use, in 1998 it was known as The Cottage and was comprised of bedsits.

The developer states they intend to use materials which would blend into the conservation area.

The full plans are available to view on the council website.

Anyone wishing to make comments on the application should email [email protected] by Wednesday 14 August quoting reference number 06/2013/0479 or comment directly on the application online.

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