Preston school plan for London Road site is resubmitted

Posted on - 28th May, 2015 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Fishwick, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Schools
Universal House as seen from Adelaide Street

Universal House as seen from Adelaide Street

Plans to create a new school off New Hall Lane and London Road have been resubmitted.


The Eden School, which has permission to run temporarily from Guild Hall Street, has reapplied for permission to convert offices into a secondary school.

It would be Preston’s first free school and the Tauheedul Education Trust says it would cater for 700 boys from age 11 to 18.

London Road plans were rejected in February this year after council planning officers raised concerns about the level of traffic the school would bring to the area.

Planning documents from Paul Walton Associates state “the existing built development comprises a large L-shaped office block, dating from the 1970s which varies in height from three to four stories.”

It was previously home to a call centre and is known as Universal House.

Traffic management documents submitted with the plans claim the level of journeys to the school would be “similar” to the journeys when it was a call centre.

They have also committed to providing a new pedestrian crossing on New Hall Lane.

Full plans are available to view on the city council website.

Anyone wishing to comment can do so there or by emailing quoting reference 06/2015/0331 by Friday 29 May

What do you think of the idea to have a school at Universal House? Do you support free schools? Let us know in the comments below

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