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No electric vehicle charging points at the Preston Markets Cinema over safety issues

Posted on - 18th January, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
L-R: Chris Blackburn PCC, Peter Thomas LCC, Anne-Marie Parkinson LEP, Matthew Friedmann Eric Wright Construction, John Chesworth Preston Partnership, Julie Palmer PCC, Karen Hirst Maple Grove Developments, Chris Hayward PCC, Cllr Matthew Brown PCC, Adrian Philips PCC, Andrew Dewhurst Maple Grove Developments, Nick Hague Maple Grove Developments
Building works have started on the main construction phase of the Animate complex

Latest plans to remove electric vehicle charging points from Preston’s multi-million pound leisure and entertainment complex have been approved by Preston City Council due to safety issues.

After gaining planning permission for the Animate scheme in 2021, applicant Maple Grove Developments, lodged plans for the removal of condition 26 from the original plans which stated:

“The development hereby approved shall be carried out in accordance with the submitted scheme for electric vehicle charging points.

“The charging points shall be installed prior to the first use of the development and retained thereafter.”

Read more: Main building phase starts at Preston’s Animate entertainment and leisure complex

An artist's impression of how Animate will look
An artist’s impression of how Animate will look

The new plans were registered in October 2022, following design development with the project’s fire engineers who concluded that locating EV charging points within the building is not compliant with fire safety regulations.

The applicant said in their submission: “As the proposals do not have the ability to facilitate parking spaces outside of the building they cannot be delivered by this proposal.

“The condition requiring a scheme for EV charging points therefore needs to be removed as it cannot be satisfied.”

The proposal aims to deliver an eight-screen cinema, a bowling alley, national and regional restaurant brands, a street food hub, 164 space car park, an outdoor terrace for al fresco dining, and a Changing Places facility.

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A report presented to the Planning Committee said: “Whilst the removal of condition 26 would result in no EV charging facilites being available within the proposed development, through existing conditions it would not result in the development becoming less sustainable.

“The proposed development would deliver significant investment and redevelopment to a previously developed site within the north of the city centre.

“The proposal would deliver an overall positive impact on the setting of the surrounding designated heritage assets.”

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