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Paul’s Pad to be saved in Preston City Council land swap deal

Posted on - 16th March, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Housing, News, Preston Council, St Matthews
The grassy area is known as Paul's Pad by locals

The grassy area is known as Paul’s Pad by locals

A green space in Fishwick known locally as Paul’s Pad is to be saved.

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Community Gateway Association had won permission to build 18 new homes on Truro Place in May last year.

Local residents and the Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews group had objected to the plans saying it was a valued community space.

Preston City Council has decided to giveaway a larger piece of land at St Paul’s Road in Deepdale for the community housing association to develop.

Gateway is to receive the six acres of Deepdale land in return for granting Truro Place over to the city council. The Deepdale land already has prior approval for 28 new homes.

Fishwick councillor Martyn Rawlinson hailed the deal.

He said: “This is a brilliant deal for the City. Preston gets 28 new affordable homes whilst at the same time an important community area is saved for future generations to enjoy. This is what working in partnership is all about – listening to the needs of the local community and acting on them.

“People need affordable housing. It’s a key issue for Preston so we are delighted to help bring forward this development at St. Paul’s Road. It has been a long term ambition of the council to do this and it’s great to see the very first step is now being taken.

“In turn, people in Fishwick and St. Matthews will be delighted at the prospect of saving Truro Place. Everybody wins.”

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Community Gateway chief executive Diane Bellinger said: “We know that Preston has a shortage of affordable homes. So St Paul’s Road, a former council depot site, will see the development of a number of mixed tenure properties – some will be for rent, some for shared ownership and some for outright sale.

“These will provide much needed affordable homes on a site which will lead to a complete regeneration of the area. Currently the plans are to build 28 homes, with more to follow in the coming years.

“We have an excellent track record of community engagement and we would look to generate interest from the local community around St Paul’s Road, in the hope of setting up a community group that will inform and advise on any plans proposed for the site.”

Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews group is applying for lottery funding to create a park for the local community.

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