‘Temporary’ Preston city centre car park will stay for another three years

Posted on - 16th May, 2021 - 7:01pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, St Matthews
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A ‘temporary’ car park located in the St Matthew’s area of Preston will remain in place after a planning application requesting the extended use of land was approved by the council.


A planning application (06/2018/0077) was originally submitted in 2018 seeking consent for the Penny Street car park in the city centre.

This application was successful and the car park was constructed, opening to public use on 9 November 2018.

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The original planning consent for the temporary car park was for a period of three years, meaning it would expire this year. The new application has now been submitted and approved, securing a further three years use as a car park.

The Penny Street car park is one of many owned by Preston City Council located close to the city centre.

The car park first appeared as a result of the demolition of the Market Hall car park, as in excess of 500 spaces were lost due to the redevelopment of the Market Quarter.

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The car park was created in an effort to meet some of the shortfall created by the closure of the Market Hall car park.

The land before the car park was built. Pic: Preston City Council

Whilst the 67 space car park will only be temporary in nature, the application states ‘it will vastly improve upon the situation that previously existed by bringing back into use an area of wasteland’.

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The Penny Street car park is open 24 hours, Monday to Sunday including bank holidays.

You can see the full documents for this planning application on the Preston City Council website, under planning application number 06/2021/0604.

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