Homes on former St Joseph’s Social Club due for approval

Posted on - 4th March, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Housing, Preston Council, Preston News, St Matthews
The former site of St Joseph's Social Club Pic Google
The former site of St Joseph’s Social Club Pic Google

What was the site of a former social club is to be built on.


St Joseph’s Social Club in Cemetery Road, St Matthews, was demolished in recent years.

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Jigsaw Homes Group has applied to build 44 new affordable homes.

Preston City Council has recommended the scheme for approval.

Friends of Fishwick and St Matthews objected to the application – saying their Inner East Neighbourhood Plan was being ignored.


Six letters of objection were also received saying it would increase traffic in the area.

Read more: See the latest on housing developments in Preston

Council officers write: “Objections have been received in relation to the proposed development and considered as part of the analysis of the scheme. Whilst the site is allocated within the Inner East Preston Neighbourhood Plan as a community asset site, given the community use of the site ceased in 2009 and was subsequently demolished in 2014 it is considered there would be no loss of a community asset as a result of this scheme.

“As such, the principle of the proposed development is acceptable and would not result in any unacceptable impacts on residential amenity or highway safety. The development would also provide 100% on-site
affordable housing and contribute to the Councils housing supply. The development is also acceptable in terms of its impact on flooding, drainage, land contamination, waste, energy efficiency and air quality. The proposal therefore complies with the relevant provisions of the Central Lancashire Core Strategy.”

Read more: Memories of the St Joseph’s Social Club

Councillors are due to decide on the proposals during planning committee on Tuesday (5 March) at the Town Hall.

What do you think of the proposals? Let us know in the comments below

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