There are proposed plans for the redevelopment of an existing pharmacy site in Fulwood.Advertisement
Proposals have been put in to relocate the shop front at Preston Pharmacy in Longsands and provision of a new entrance to a new three storey building.
There would also be a reduction in the roof line of the pharmacy so as not to conflict with windows of the proposed new building in Fulwood.
The construction of the new three storey building will comprise of three retail units at ground floor and nine residential apartments at first and second floor alongside alterations to the existing Longsands Medical centre pharmacy and service yards and the provision of bin and cycle storage, at Longsands Lane with vehicular access taken from Longsands Lane via the existing car park.
The building will comprise 256sqm of retail floorspace across three units. Inside, each unit would have a sales area, accessed directly from the site’s frontage with a staff room to the rear to provide welfare facilities for employees, as well as a stock room. Rear entrances to each unit will allow for deliveries and servicing to take place from the rear of the building.
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Nine residential apartments are to be located at first and second floor level. The entrance to the apartments will be taken from the rear of the building with an internal cycle store and lobby provided at ground floor level.
Currently the site is being used as a car park comprising of 97 spaces and for landscaping. It is considered to be located in a highly accessible and sustainable location, as Longsands Lane is served by the no. 49 bus service which runs from Royal Preston Hospital to the city centre from Monday to Saturday with approximately one service per hour. Alongside Tesco Express being in close proximity.
The design and access amenity statement said: “The building will be of a contemporary design whilst complimentary to its surroundings and making best use of the available land, adding visual interest to the site. The design does not pastiche the style of existing buildings locally, which are not considered to be of particular architectural merit in their own right.
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“The structure would align with the neighbouring building and sit no further forward than the Tesco Express. Whilst the building would be larger in height than the neighbouring units, it would not appear overbearing and by conjoining the buildings they will appear as part of a singular complex.
“The development would be approximately 30m south of the closest existing residential properties, separated by Longsands Lane. Given this distance, the proposal would not have an unacceptable impact upon the amenity of the occupiers of surrounding properties
“Moving the pharmacy’s shop front from the north-west to the south-west elevation will improve its immediate outlook and support footfall from the car park. The entrances to each unit would then be seen in a linear form, all facing out to the car park.”
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