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St George’s Shopping Centre revamp set for approval

Posted on - 4th June, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Food & Drink, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment, Restaurants in Preston
One view of the proposed St George's restaurant complex along Friargate side of the centre
One view of the proposed St George’s restaurant complex along Friargate side of the centre

Friargate could be set for a major new look as proposals from a Preston shopping centre look set to go ahead.

St George’s Shopping Centre has proposals for revamping seven of the units facing into Friargate and Ringway.

A new frontage would be installed and the shopping centre says it wants the focus to be on new restaurants.

Plans lodged with Preston City Council have now been recommended for approval by council planning officers.

Of the seven shops which are due to be included in the scheme, there’s three empty units.

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A ‘living wall’ would be installed in the awnings over the existing shop front and window openings.

A view looking up Friargate towards the revamped shopping centre
A view looking up Friargate towards the revamped shopping centre

Juliet balconies would be put in at the first floor along with lantern lights.

Council officers write: “No objections have been received relating to the proposed development. The proposed development is acceptable and would not have any unacceptable adverse impacts upon visual amenity or the setting of the adjacent listed building or conservation area.”

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At the time of the plans being lodged in April, the shopping centre’s manager Andrew Stringer said: “We are delighted with the proposals for the centre, and the planned investment will attract a number of exciting restaurant operators. The city is already undergoing revitalisation with the new Market open and trading and our plans will build upon this regeneration.

“We are looking forward to what the future holds for St George’s, welcoming potential new brands and expanding Preston’s overall offer.”

Councillors will decide on the plans on Thursday 7 June.

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