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Plans look set to turn Walton Parade office block into flats

Posted on - 3rd March, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Pic: Studio KMA. This office block on Waltons Parade is set to turn into flats

New plans have been set out for the creation of residential flats in Preston City Centre.

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Proposals include the conversion of the current office block located at 8 – 10 Waltons Parade, off Fishergate Hill.

If the development goes ahead, it will see 17 affordable apartments split into a one-bedroom studio, three one-bedroom duplexes, 12 one-bedroom apartments, and a two-bedroom apartment.

Read more: Next step in flats plan for former Victorian warehouse in Preston

Property developers The Heaton Group, based in Wigan, submitted an application for the plans to Preston City Council.

This includes a two-storey rear extension, external alterations along with car parking and amenity space.

The two-storey extension will provide a terrace to the second floor.

Car parking will include a total of 12 cars being able to access the building.

Pic: Studio KMA . Existing vehicular access from to Waltons Parade

Proposals also include a secure, external bike storage area which can fit 17 bikes in total, along with a secure, external refuse and recycling storage area.

Studio KMA have tabled plans for the new development.

Read more: Heaton Group already redeveloping a former sorting office in West Cliff

Within the plans, Studio KMA said: “Studio KMA are aware that Preston City Council are committed to securing high quality design for all new developments across the city.

“We are also aware that poor design is a valid reason for the refusal of planning permission.

“The proposals introduce a new sustainable use within four floors of a vacant office building.

“The proposal considers its location and context further enhancing the Fishergate Hill Conservation Area.

“The proposal delivers high quality residential space providing much needed affordable accommodation in the conservation area.”

The flats are still being considered by Preston City Council‘s Planning Committee.

You can view the full plans on the Preston City Council website.

Do you live in the area? What do you think about the proposal for new flats in Preston City Centre?

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