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Business as usual for Savick shops ahead of planned demolition

Posted on - 7th December, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Larches, Lea, Preston News, Redevelopment
The row of shops and the library at Savick Pic: Google
The row of shops and the library at Savick Pic: Google

The housing association behind plans to demolish a row of local businesses is asking the public to continue to support the traders.

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Community Gateway Association (CGA) has recently submitted a planning application for phase two of the regeneration of the area around Savick shops.

The plan includes redevelopment of the maisonettes and shops in West Park Avenue and Birkdale Drive.

Earlier this year a Change.org petition was set up to ‘Save Savick Shops’. At the time CGA said it would help the traders to remain open in new units by providing reduced rents, however most businesses declined the offer.

Read more: Call to save Savick shops as demolition looms

Now the plans have been lodged they contain provision for just one shop.

A spokesperson for CGA said: “The plans include brand new spacious family homes, alongside a shop and purpose-built library, which will benefit the community for years to come.

“We would like to stress that all the currently operating retail units – Lyn’s Lunchbox, Hassan Newsagents, Savick Library and Booze Busters – remain open and trading as normal.

“We will continue to support the current traders, where possible, to explore options available to them when the development work begins, but in the meantime we would encourage people to pop down to the shops and continue to support your local businesses.”

A decision on the application is expected to be made by Preston City Council’s planning department in the New Year.

Read more: How an act of kindness in a Preston sandwich shop gave this man the strength to go on

What do you think of the plans? Let us know in the comments.

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