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Fire damaged city centre block to be reborn as new shops and flat

Posted on - 23rd May, 2014 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Business, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
Former shisha cafe is one of the buildings to be redeveloped

Former shisha cafe is one of the buildings to be redeveloped

A run down building on Manchester Road could be brought back into use.

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The premises between 11 and 19 on the road have seen a variety of uses in the past but were damaged by a fire last year.

They have been a target for graffiti and vandalism since then.

Now developer Chandy Jiwa wants to redevelop the site near the city centre to be three new shops and a new flat.

The site has seen uses as a testing and repair workshop, a gym, a sheesha cafe and most recentyl as a men’s hairdresser.

A previous plan to develop the site in 2008 as a six storey apartment block has never happened.

Mellor architects who have prepared plans for the site said: “The application proposes a simple reinstatement of the existing buildings on the site to bring them back into beneficial use after a period of poor utilisation, and with a minor addition to enhance the overall viability of the scheme.”

Lancashire Police have asked for a condition to be applied to any permission granted to ensure CCTV is installed on the site.

The full plans are available to view on the city council website.

Anyone wishing to comment can do so via the website or email devcon@preston.gov.uk quoting reference number 06/2014/0307 by Saturday 31 May.

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

Image credit to Tony Worrall

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