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Luxury flats plan for West Cliff property set to go ahead

Posted on - 8th June, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
The building in West Cliff has stood empty for years Pic: Google
The building in West Cliff has stood empty for years Pic: Google

Proposals to bring a derelict former Post Office building back into life look set to be nodded through.

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Objections to the plans for the West Cliff sorting office have been tabled by the Victorian Society.

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Heritage campaigners say the grade-II listed building being converted into 31 apartments by The Heaton Group would harm its significance.

A statement from the Society says: “The proposed expansion of the mid twentieth-century continous dormer front roof slope would be oncongruous.

“Double glazed windows are not appropriate and originals windows should not be removed.

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“The bulding incorporates a 1930s office extension and a better approach would be to restrict development of the rear extension and undertake exemplary restoration of the listed building.”

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Dating back to the 1820s the building would become 31 luxury flats – and the firm behind the scheme says it stops the building falling into neglect and vandalism.

A statement from Martin Planning, architects for the scheme, when it was tabled back in December last year, said: “The scheme will deliver significant benefits in meeting housing needs whilst also bringing back to use an important listed building within the Fishergate Hill Conservation area through a major scheme of investment and renewal being proposed by the applicant.”

Preston City Council planning officers have recommended the plans for approval – saying it ‘is considered to be acceptable and would preserve and enhance the character and appearance of the listed building’.

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The plans are due to be heard at the next meeting of the city council’s planning committee on Thursday 15 June from 2.30pm.

What do you think about the proposals? Do you live in the area? Let us know in the comments below

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