New apartments plan for Preston City Centre

Posted on - 15th February, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Winckley Square
7-8 Chapel Street Pic: Google
7-8 Chapel Street was formerly occupied by Brabners Pic: Google

A planning application has been submitted to change the use of 7-8 Chapel Street in Preston city centre.


There are proposed plans to convert the former Brabners solicitors building from commercial, business and service use (Class E) to 14 apartments (Class C3).

The change will see four apartments on the ground floor, with five apartments on each of the first and second floors.

Although the building – which is located next to Winckley Square – is not nationally listed it is considered to make a positive contribution to the conservation area.

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The application says the proposed layout will enable the habitable rooms to get good levels of natural light and all apartments to meet the nationally described space standards.

It adds that due to the site being in a central location, residents will be close to shops, services, and employment opportunities with less than 100m to Fishergate, and Preston Railway Station less than 250m away meaning public transport will be accessible.

7-8 Chapel Street Pic: Google
The building could become apartments Pic: Google

A statement from Paul Butler Associates acting on behalf of the applicant, SenCap Ltd, said: “The proposed change of use will enable the building to be returned to active use and thus help to secure its long-term future / maintenance, and the positive contribution that it makes to the character and sustainability of the conservation area.

“Moreover, the use of the building as residential accommodation will allow for its occupation throughout the day and night and will be associated with a level of activity / footfall on surrounding streets. For these reasons the development will have a positive impact on the character and sustainability of the conservation area and as such prior approval should be granted.”

You can see the full proposals on the Preston City Council website.

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