A new supermarket and mini retail park is to be built in Eastway.Advertisement
Known as the Eastway Hub the long-planned development has been regularly rejected by councillors due to concerns about pressure on the road network.
Preston City Council’s planning committee voted in favour, by nine to three, to give permission for the building of a supermarket, six retail units, one restaurant/pub and a drive-thru restaurant or cafe.
The land at Eastway is between the Priors Lea Court roundabout and the turn for Fulwood Free Methodist Church, and backs onto the M55.
Hollins Eastway Limited will have 36 different planning conditions attached to their approval following the planning committee meeting on Thursday 6 September.
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This includes a strict condition about the size of the supermarket not exceeding 1,800 square feet.
25 objections to the Eastway Hub were received, outlining how the area already had sufficient supermarkets and it would impact the Eastway traffic due to adding an additional set of traffic lights.
Planning officers had recommended the scheme for approval, they stated: “The proposed development is considered to constitute a Local Centre, therefore the proposed development complies with the retail policies of the development plan.
“The applicant has agreed to fund sustainable transport mitigation to provide safe access to the site for all highway users and to link the application site to the A6 Garstang Road, to the local residential area and new/or potential NW Preston allocations (east and west of A6) and existing bus services.”
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Previous proposals for the site had been thrown out due to the potential impact on the Cottam Brickworks Tesco and retail park and also on the road network in Fulwood.
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