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Preston’s university and Preston City Council agreeing Adelphi Square land deal

Posted on - 19th July, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, University
The grassed areas within the current roundabout will become the university's land under the proposed deal Pic: 70023venus2009
The grassed areas within the current roundabout will become the university’s land under the proposed deal Pic: 70023venus2009

A deal is being struck for the transfer of land from Preston City Council to the University of Central Lancashire.

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Councillors have approved the beginnings of the sale of land in the centre of the current Adelphi roundabout which is to become the university’s new Adelphi Square.

Major roadworks have begun on the roundabout as the university changes the road layout and builds the new £60million student centre.

The land will move into the university’s ownership and management to be kept as a new public open space.

A report – restricted from public view – was discussed at a recent city council cabinet meeting. It is not known how much the land is being sold for.

The land in quest is the grassy areas within the two roundabouts in the Adelphi area.

An overhead view of the area which will form Adelphi Square Pic: Bowmer + Kirkland
An overhead view of the area which will form Adelphi Square Pic: Bowmer + Kirkland

A spokeswoman for the city council said: “This report deals with the first stages of appropriating the piece of land to be held as open space. There will be a public notice published and any representations from that exercise will result in a further report to Cabinet.”

No transfer of land was done ahead of the university beginning work on the roundabout.

Read more: Latest road closures begin around the Adelphi roundabout

A spokesman for UCLan said: “Preston City Council, Lancashire County Council and the University continue to work together in a close and positive partnership to transform the public spaces, street scene and highways around the University in Preston. This will result in the development of the superb spaces outlined in the planning applications previously approved.

“Currently the partners are working together on a proposal to transfer the grassed area within the Adelphi roundabout to UCLan. As this is an ongoing process, more information will be issued at a future date.”

Read more: Timelapse shows UCLan’s new engineering building going up

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