Detailed plans have been released showing how the shape of Preston will be changed forever by a multi-million pound plan.Advertisement
The City Deal, worth £434m in funds for new projects across Preston and South Ribble, is currently being formalised by the county council and other authorities.
An outline plan submitted to Preston City Council’s cabinet for approval on Wednesday shows how and where the money could be spent.
Millions are to be pumped into an explosion of road schemes across the city, with the Broughton and Penwortham bypasses among the roads to be built in the next decade.
Preston’s “Garden City” in the North West corner of the city will benefit from over £5m of funding for schools, roads and more.
Plus the North West of the city will see a new motorway junction with the M55 and a £105m scheme to build a brand new road across the Western edge of the city connecting with the A583 at Ashton.
The map below shows the scale of the proposed City Deal scheme and where projects could happen, click it to go through to an interactive version of the map:
The document also details how the City Deal will be governed, with Lancashire County Council due to be the public body responsible for its delivery all eyes will be on County Hall.
The Lancashire Economic Partnership (LEP) are to be placed in day-to-day control of delivering the project, leading the governance committee.
A selection of officers from the county council, Preston city council and South Ribble Council are to lead various parts of the scheme.
Preston City Council leader councillor Peter Rankin said: “The main purpose of the report and the appendices before Council is to agree the delivery plan for the city deal. We are also being asked to endorse the principles for the operation of the Stewardship Board and the infrastructure fund. The other partners in the city deal are being asked to agree the same report.
“A critical aspect of the plan is the monitoring of outcomes to enable us to ensure we keep on track for what are huge targets for housing and employment.
“The city deal agreement which was signed by the partners and government in September required 75 actions, most to be implemented by April. These have been completed and we are ready for spades to hit the ground.
“We are at the start of what is an exciting development for the city. It will mean a lot of hard work to get us there but I’m confident we will be successful.”
County Councillor John Fillis, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “The Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal and further improvements to infrastructure outlined in our transport masterplan are vital to trigger the creation of thousands of new jobs and thousands of new homes over the next decade and I’m very pleased we’re getting started.
“There is great potential for economic growth in this area and putting in place the infrastructure to ensure people and goods can move around efficiently is vital to secure that investment.
“I’m pleased that we’ll begin delivering some of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal improvements this year, with the scheme on the A582 starting in May that will have an immediate impact to relieve congestion.”
All elements of the City Deal proposal are due to be completed by 2023, you can view the timescale for some of the major transport works below, click on the left and right-hand side to go backwards and forwards:
The deal also means more than £800,000 flowing into the Town Hall’s coffers which isn’t included in the current budget, good news for the city council as it is currently facing a £3.6million savings challenge over the next three years.
The City Deal itself could see more than 20,000 new private sector jobs created.
Councillors also state they believe 17,240 new homes are to be created and the public funding will trigger £2.3 billion of commercial investment in Preston and South Ribble.
The city council’s cabinet are meeting on Wednesday from 5pm at the Town Hall to discuss the proposals.
You can view the full documents for the City Deal on the council website.
What do you think about the proposed transport and housing schemes? Are you happy about how Preston will be expanding? Let us know in the comments below
Image credit to Hamza Hamadouchi