Preston City Council has made all planning applications, dating back to 1974, available online.Advertisement
There are 40,000 applications now searchable via the Council’s website.
The more recent applications also include the submitted plans and decision notes.
The online service also includes information about tree preservation orders and listed buildings.
Councillor Stuart Greenhalgh, chair of the planning committee, said:
This new online system is a major step forward and will make it easier for interested parties to gain information about any planning applications in their area.
The feedback we have received so far has been really positive. The public seem to really appreciate the convenience of being able to look at applications from their homes and offices.
We are always trying hard to improve our services as a council and allowing people to access public information online plays a part in that.
It is important to note that this online service supplements our public register rather than replaces it.
Planning applications often cause considerable controversy in local communities and a quick search of Blog Preston’s home postcode brings up a recent decision to allow a seven bedroom house be converted into four self-contained flats at 43 Broadgate. The conversion is happening according to the proposal because student accommodation on Broadgate is becoming less desirable and the landlord wants to change the property to target first-time buyers or young professionals.
There is a wealth of information available, so put your postcode in and see what’s happening near you.
Image credit to Tony Worrall.