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Penny Street car park plan faces objection from nearby residents

Posted on - 29th March, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
The city council is expected to lodge plans for this site in Penny Street
The city council is lodged plans for this site in Penny Street

Proposals for a temporary car park on the edge of Preston city centre are facing objections.

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Preston City Council wants to tarmac land between Penny Street and Hardwicke Street.

But the city council’s planning committee faces making a decision on the council’s own planning application.

Six letters of objection from homeowners who live near the site – off North Road – have written to the city council to outline their anger at the proposal.

The 76-space car park would be put in as part of off-setting the loss of the Market Hall car park which is due to be closed off and demolished in the coming months as part of the Market Hall redevelopment.

This land at Penny Street is due to become a pay and display car park
This land at Penny Street is due to become a pay and display car park

Objections state it is not a good use for the land, they would lose their privacy and there would be increased noise and disturbance.

Read more: Three Preston car parks to see prices rise from April

Planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval – with a three year time limit on the use.

They write: “The proposed temporary use of the site as a car park would not prejudice an existing employment use of the site nor would it prejudice the long term future redevelopment of the site for an employment use. The proposal would also bring a currently plot of land back into active use.

“The development is also considered acceptable in terms of impact upon the highway network, highway safety, visual amenity, surface water management and the impacts on heritage assets.”

Read more: When demolition is due to begin on Preston’s former Indoor Market and car park

The plans are due to be heard by councillors at the Town Hall on Thursday 5 April at the next planning committee meeting.

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