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Porsche garage in Preston set for approval

Posted on - 4th January, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Business, Preston News, Redevelopment, Riversway
Porsche has decided to open a showroom in Preston
Porsche has decided to open a showroom in Preston

A Porsche showroom for Preston looks set to be given the go-ahead.

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Planning officers have recommended the new 43,000 square foot showroom for approval.

Built at the junction of Watery Lane and Strand Road the site would be operated by the existing Bowker Motor Group garage.

Three existing buildings sit on the land where the new garage would go and the application includes the demolition of these buildings including a former sawmill for Paige and Taylor timer merchants.

The showroom, which includes a parts workshop and new car park, is expected to create more than 30 new jobs. Up to 35 different cars will be on display.

Read more: Bowker expands its showroom at Preston Docks

Planning officers state: “No objections have been received in relation to the proposed development and the principle of the proposed development would be acceptable and would assist in the regeneration of a previously developed, underused site within the main urban area of Preston. The proposal would not result in any unacceptable impacts on traffic and highway safety, ground conditions or air quality and would be of acceptable design.”

At the time of announcing the new showroom in September last year chief executive of Bowker group Paul Bowker said: “I’m delighted that Bowker has been chosen by Porsche GB to represent them here in Lancashire. The brand needs no introduction to drivers. It’s synonymous with engineering excellence and the production of some of the most exciting cars on the planet.

“At Bowker, we have already established award-winning motor retail experiences with some of the world’s most prestigious motoring brands and now we’re looking forward to building another exciting new dealership worthy of the Lancashire motoring community.”

Councillors will meet on Thursday (11 January) to discuss the proposals at the city council’s planning committee from 2.30pm at the Town Hall.

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