Cottam Hall Brickworks is to become a reality as developers say work can finally begin.Advertisement
More than 5,000 homes along with a Tesco and other stores are due to be built on the former brickworks site in the North West of Preston.
Cottam Hall Properties say they have resolved a planning wrangle which now allows them access to the land.
Ian Rankin, director of the firm, told the Lancashire Evening Post: “Shops and amenities are sorely missing from this part of Preston.
“For people living in the neighbouring Cottam, Ingol and Tanterton areas, the trip to a supermarket is inconvenient and, for some, costly.
“For them, a shopping centre at the brickworks can’t come soon enough.”
The development is due to create as many as 700 jobs as the work to create the marina town takes place over the years.
The £80 million scheme was approved in summer 2011 by the city council but work has been stalled at the 28-acre site.
Work has already begun on smaller developments around the site, including 100 homes on Cottam Way.
It comes as Preston City Council’s local plan is submitted to the planning inspector, which outlines that they want to see new housing focused on the North and North West of the city.
Once finished a town the size of Longridge is expected to be created, with new roads built to connect the growing western edge of the city to the Docks and M55.
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