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Preston Docks flats face rejection due to railway line fears

Posted on - 3rd June, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Housing, News, Redevelopment, Riversway
Architects drawing of the proposed flats viewed from the River Ribble

Architects drawing of the proposed flats viewed from the River Ribble

Fears about a lack of parking and the closeness to a railway line has put the brakes on plans for new flats at Preston Docks.

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Oceanwave Estates want to create 28 new flats by converting Midlands House in Maritime Way, Riversway.

They say 42 parking spaces would be provided but planning officers have said this is not enough.

Planning officers write: “There would be an insufficient level of parking for the proposed development and overspill parking onto the public highway could unacceptably prejudice traffic and highway safety of the local highway network, including the Maritime Way level crossing.”

They go on to say “it has not been satisfactorily demonstrated that the proposed development would not be adversely affected by noise and vibration due to the close proximity of the railway line.”

Ribble Steam Railway Limited has objected to the plans saying it has fears the operation of the Maritime Way level crossing would be affected.

Five local residents have also objected to the five-storey apartment block.

A statement from Cassidy and Ashton, planning agents for the development, says: “The development itself will provide high quality residential accommodation and will meet the appropriate internal space standards for each individual unit.

“The indicative proposals show the scheme as solely two bedroom but it is envisaged that during the detiled design process this will be broken up into a mixture of one and two bedroom units within the development, providing a variety of accommodation for both short term tenants, those seeking their first home and those seeking longer term accommodation.”

You can read the full officers report on the council website.

The plans are due to be discussed at the Preston City Council planning meeting on Thursday 4 June from 1.30pm at the Town Hall.

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