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Unicorn Hall developers set to be refused for time-limit change

Posted on - 1st June, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, University campus
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The Unicorn Pub has been given the green light for its return

Developers wanting to build a five-storey block of flats around the former Unicorn pub are facing rejection to their proposals.

Unicorn Developments Limited applied to remove to restriction on renting out the serviced apartments for a limit of 90 days.

Instead they wanted to offer 51-week rentals to attract students, keyworkers and other professionals for the development in North Road close to the university campus.

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But planning officers are set to urge councillors to reject the proposals for amending the condition on occupancy for 121 serviced apartments in the new block and the five new apartments that would be part of a refurbished Unicorn pub which is grade-II listed.

They write in reports to the city’s planning committee: “The submitted information fails to demonstrate a need for additional apartments for students in Preston.

“Additionally, the change in occupancy limit would allow the serviced apartments to be occupied by an individual on a permanent basis.

“Without a significantly longer break between each occupation, the initial concerns raised in the original planning application have not been overcome and would lead to the harm that the original condition was seeking to prevent. Furthermore, the limited outlook and sub-standard size of the serviced apartments would not provide a sufficient and reasonable level of amenity for the future occupants.”

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The-Unicorn-Pub
The Unicorn Pub has been given the green light for its return

At the time of the redevelopment plans for the development itself being approved a statement from David Cox Architects said: The planning statement said: “A restriction on occupancy of 51 weeks ties in with standard student leases but would also allow the premises to be utilised by key workers, apprentices and those in the City on business.

“This length of lease would give the Council comfort that the apartments would not be occupied as sole or main dwellings and the applicants would be prepared to enter into a legal agreement to this effect to provide the Council with more certainty on this matter.”

Councillors are due to hear the proposal to remove the 90-day restriction during the next Preston City Council planning committee meeting on Thursday (8 June).

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