A major Preston car dealership is planning to relocate to the edge of the city from its Blackpool Road premises.Advertisement
Perrys car showroom in Ribbleton would close and re-open at the Bluebell Way business park off Junction 31A of the M6.
Plans submitted to Preston City Council show how a new Vauxhall, Kia and Maza showrooms would be built on a swathe of land in the outskirts of Fulwood.
Previous plans for the site have been approved including creating a new pub and restaurant alongside new retail units, approved in June 2013.
Now Perrys want to shift their base there from Blackpool Road and they say it will create an additional 21 jobs. All 91 staff at the current showroom would maintain their roles.
A statement from planning consultants Cassidy and Ashton said: “The application site would provide an ideal setting for the Motor Village which would be fit for purpose and would allow the sustainable growth of the business. The access and internal road arrangements would be suitable for the proposed use, without detriment to the surrounding highways network.
“The development would retain existing employment numbers and would generate additional employment due to the expansion of the business, in addition to facilitating jobs during the construction phase. The proposal would allow an existing business which makes an important contribution to the local economy to remain viable and competitive in the current market. Furthermore, the existing Motor village site would ultimately be redeveloped for a suitable alternative use, and there would be economic benefits associated with this.”
The car showroom if approved would expected to be built and running within 12 months.
The full plans are available to view on the city council website.
Anyone wishing to comment on the plans can do so via the council website or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org quoting reference 06/2015/0235 by Saturday 25 April.
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