Latest student flats plan for Oyston Mill looks set for go ahead

Posted on - 1st October, 2017 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Housing, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Riversway
Oyston Mill with a view over the rooftops in Ashton Pic: Tony Worrall
Oyston Mill with a view over the rooftops in Ashton Pic: Tony Worrall

A major new block of student flats could be created within one of Preston’s old mills.


Oyston Mill, near the Docks, is owned by the controversial Blackpool FC owner.

Planning consultants Cassidy + Ashton have tabled proposals to change it from a mix of studios, workshops and trade stores into a huge complex of student apartments.

The building, which stands in West Strand and Watery Lane, would see 259 new flats created in the former mill.

Oyston’s plans would include a cafe, gym, residents lounge, reception area and associated car parking.

Previous plans for the building, which expired in August this year, had approval to change the use of the first, second and third floor from offices into flats.

Planning officers at Preston City Council have recommended the scheme for approval.

They state: “The proposal is considered to be acceptable in principle as although there is a presumption in retaining Good Urban employment land and buildings, the B1(a) office use has been vacant for some time and actively marketed.

“The proposed use is considered to be an appropriate use within the existing building, and would bring an existing building which is largely vacant back into use. The proposed student accommodation would also be sited in a sustainable location with good transport links to Preston City Centre, would be close to existing facilities, and within walking and cycling distance of the University.

“The proposal would also be acceptable in terms of design, highway safety and capacity, parking provision, waste management, and safety and security.”

Read more: Major student flats plan for Preston thrown out

Full plans for the Oyston scheme can be seen on the city council website.

Councillors will meet on Thursday 5 October at the Town Hall from 2.30pm.

What do you think of the Oyston Mill proposals? Let us know in the comments below

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