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Touch of Spice development is ‘out of keeping’ say Broughton Parish Council

Posted on - 30th December, 2020 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Housing, Politics, Preston News, Redevelopment
What the new apartments will look like. Pic: Planning application Preston City Council
What the new apartments will look like. Pic: Planning application Preston City Council

The former Touch of Spice restaurant, Broughton has seen new plans submitted to be turned into residential flats.

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The application shows that the already demolished building would be made into 52 affordable apartments for over-55s.

However, many are opposed to this development.

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Pat Hastings, Chair of Broughton Parish Council said: “The proposed development by Gateway Community Housing of 50+ for rent over 55’s two and one bedroomed apartments on the former Touch of Spice site in Broughton is not welcomed by the community as it is overdevelopment of the site. 

“The proposed development is for two blocks of three story flats of a utility design that is totally out of keeping with the village. The blocks will overlook neighbouring properties and will be higher than any existing building in Broughton.

“The lack of adequate onsite parking (less than one space per flat) will exacerbate the problems of parking in the area.”

A previous application was approved earlier in the year for the building to be a three-storey retirement home with car parking.

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However, a new application was required due to new plans to design the build for independent living with an element of care on site.

Pat added: “The community would welcome appropriate development of this landmark site with a well designed two story buildings utilising the suggestions in the adopted Broughton Neighbourhood Plan.”

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The accommodation will vary in size, with apartments being one or two bedrooms.

There are plans for two blocks with 17 apartments in the east building and 35 in the west block.

The plans include a modern build with with balconies and grassed areas.

Councillors are due to hear the plans at Preston City Council’s planning committee on Thursday 7 January.

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