A planning application to open a new climbing centre in Preston has been submitted to Preston City Council.
The request has been submitted to transform an industrial use building, located at Wyder Court, Millennium City Park, into a climbing arena that will allow children from the age of 5 years to learn the useful skills required to climb.
Applicant Mrs V Coupe submitted the request which includes adding an additional café and amenities to the building.
The climbing arena will open at 9am-10pm Monday-Saturday and 10am-9pm on Sundays and bank holidays.
The ground floor will feature a climbing arena, reception area, and briefing room whilst the first floor will include a café, seating area and viewing area.
The development hopes to have a positive impact on the local community, creating local jobs and providing a place for children to play in a safe environment, reducing street crime and vandalism.
Located on an existing industrial estate on the north side of Preston, the climbing centre is within a developed commercial area with neighbouring businesses such as Booths, Spar and DPC.
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The former owner LCM group have found that this part of the building is no longer of use to them and have been trying to rent it out to an appropriate tenant for 12 months.
Mrs Coupe said: “This change of use will bring a much needed activity to the area.
“Climbing is becoming more and more popular and with climbing now being in the Olympics 2020 in Tokyo, the sport will just keep getting bigger and more popular.”
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