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Boarded up shops in Church Street to be demolished by Preston City Council

Posted on - 6th November, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - News, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Redevelopment
Buildings on corner of Church Street and Grimshaw Street could be torn down Pic: Google

Buildings on corner of Church Street and Grimshaw Street could be torn down Pic: Google

A boarded up building in Church Street is due to be demolished under new council plans.

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Preston City Council, who own the land, say the final shop has left the former parade of shops on the corner of Grimshaw Street, next to the Old Blue Bell pub.

Planning officers have applied to knock down the buildings to make way for future development on the site.

The old stamp shop was the final to close down and is in the process of relocating.

What was the stamp shop in Church Street Pic: Tony Worrall

What was the stamp shop in Church Street Pic: Tony Worrall

Documents prepared by surveyors Jones and Company, based in Penwortham, state: “The application premises have become obsolete and have been, in the main, dilapidated for some considerable time.

“The recent vacation of the sole remaining tenant, and the recent partly tendering of some of the recommended remedial structural upgrade works that have proven to be prohibitive, have effectively rendered the application buildings obsolete.

“Their condition will continue to deteriorate and despite their location previously being considered Primary, trade and the hub of the area has migrated away to the West to be closer to the town centre or as an effect of out of town retail sites.

“We look to Preston City Council to support this simple application for the demolition and site clearance so that further options of re-development of the site can be considered thereafter.

“The proposals in our opinion do not impact on the surrounding buildings or occupiers and do not affect their amenity.”

The demolition follows plans lodged further down Church Street to bring Church Court back into use, with five new shops and flats above them.

What do you think of the proposal? Do you live or work in the area? Let us know in the comments below

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