Ambitious proposals to change the use of Preston’s most iconic building have been revealed.Advertisement
Preston Bus Station, now a grade-II listed building, could soon become a major kids attraction.
The roof of the building, currently car parking spaces, would be converted into an open air city farm.
With the Youth Zone abandoned for the western apron the Living Animals for Stark Urban Spaces Foundation (LAFSUSF) has tabled proposals for the space.
Led by Roger Bull, the Foundation, says it would be able to create a significant livestock population on the top floor of the Bus Station.
Mr Bull said: “We’ve had some positive early discussions with a number of large beasts both within the council and the wider Preston community.
“You only need to look at the urban sprawl of Preston to realise that some poor kids have never so much as seen the outline of a chicken before.
“We hope introducing them to the kind of rural delights you see in places like Garstang will be a significant step forward in their health and wellbeing.
“The county council is committed to create an urban park on the western apron and so with this kind of investment we felt the time was right to bring the city farm concept to Preston.”
The farm, based on planning applications, would include an ice cream parlour, five coffee kiosks for under-caffinated Prestonians, and lists the animals due to be housed there as chickens, guinea pigs, cow, horses, llamas, rabbits, sheep, and a collection of oddities from Burnley.
Mr Bull said: “This attraction would really put Preston on the tourist map and give something in a unique setting.
“With the roof measuring 190m in length by 26.8m wide we’re confident we can fit some significant animals on there.”
Preston Bus Station’s western apron saw work begin on creating its new urban park during last week with nine months of work due to take place.
Lancashire County Council took on the building in 2013 from the city council and has invested millions of pounds in a major refurbishment of the grade-II listed building.
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Proposals have been lodged via a planning application which can be viewed on the planning portal and entering reference ’00/01/04/2019′.
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