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Major new student flats plan near UCLan is blocked on appeal

Posted on - 6th April, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, UCLan, University
The new flats would be seven storeys high at their peak
The new flats would be seven storeys high at their peak

Proposals for a block of 152 student apartments near Preston’s university remain on the back-burner.

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David Cox Architect had applied to build the seven-storey building on the site of the former New Friargate Social Club.

Councillors voted to reject the scheme in summer last year due to it having ‘an unacceptable overbearing impact upon the street scene and would fail to respond to its surrounding context’.

An appeal was lodged with the planning inspector about the development which would border Maudland Road, Leighton Street, Pedder Street and Maudland Bank.

How the new flats would look next to existing homes in Maudland Bank
How the new flats would look next to existing homes in Maudland Bank

A report to Preston City Council’s planning committee states: “The Inspector concluded that the proposed development would be of a size, scale and massing that would not be sensitive to the character and appearance of the surrounding area and would fail to take account of, or respond positively to, all aspects of the character and appearance of that area.”

Read more: How the university in Preston could look by 2020

He dismissed the appeal by the developers.

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