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Preston’s second-tallest building is due for approval

Posted on - 4th July, 2019 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Housing, Preston City Centre, Preston News, Redevelopment
One of the balconies at the new Lofthaus flats
One of the balconies at the new Lofthaus flats

What would become the second-tallest building in Preston has been recommended for planning approval.

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Towering at 21-storeys the LoftHaus is a £15million scheme.

Developers ASSH Investments submitted an outline planning application in January last year.

Preston City Council’s planning committee is due to hear the plans, which would create nearly 300 flats.

Forresters Hall in Great Shaw Street would be demolished to make way for the new building.

Council officers have advised around 30 per cent of the apartments would need to be classed as affordable.

Six letters of objection have been received about the development from members of the public.

One states the ‘demolition of Forresters Hall would result in the loss of an attractive and historic building’.

How the new student skyscraper could look
How the new student skyscraper could look

David Cox Architects drew up the plans for the scheme.

At the time of submission they said: “While Preston’s skyline has a recognisable profile and presence from afar, its tall buildings have an air of tiredness and their roofscapes are cluttered and unattractive.

“The addition of a new 21st century profile to the cluster of tall buildings will enliven the skyline and play a part in Preston’s emerging confidence and future.”

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Facilities for the student flats would include free-breakfasts, a 24-hour concierge service, on-site catering, private cinema, gym, study rooms and superfast broadband.

Councillors are due to hear the plans at the next planning committee on Thursday 11 July.

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