The plans to convert Fishergate Baptist church into a new restaurant have been approved by Preston City Council’s planning department.Advertisement
The church, built in 1857, is located on the corner of Fishergate and Charnley Street in the centre of Preston, being an active church for many years and a focal point for outreach activities with many homeless people in Preston.
The Grade II listed building is to be refurbished adding a brand new mezzanine floor, and the owner is currently seeking operators to move into the building, suggesting it is likely to become the latest bar and restaurant in the city centre.
A report from planning officers at Preston Council said the church had been closed for more than five years.
Mr Rowley, chief executive and owner of Leyland-based Rowland Homes, submitted the application earlier this year and was approved with conditions on 13 September.
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The conditions include the provision of a noise survey report to estimate any possible adverse effect on residents in the area, with the church being situated next to neighbouring businesses, including the Fishergate Shopping Centre.
Mr Rowley does not plan to operate the premises but will comprehensively remodel and repair the whole building once terms have been agreed and in consultation/agreement with the tenant.
He said: “The church is a major landmark of style and character situated in Preston City Centre’s retail core.
“Fishergate is the main thoroughfare for shoppers and commuters. I think it could suit such a wide variety of operators.”
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