Park Hotel renovation plans face Victorian Society objection

Posted on - 20th July, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Avenham, Business, Parks, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment, Uncategorized
How the new apartment blocks alongside the Park Hotel would look from Miller Park Pic: Planning documents

A heritage campaign group are tabling objections to proposals for redeveloping the Park Hotel in Preston city centre.

The Victorian Society are opposing the scheme which would see two new apartment blocks built alongside the renovated grade-II listed original hotel building.

Plans from The Heaton Group were lodged for the Park Hotel site in May as well as for 8 East Cliff.

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The two new buildings would be between eight to 10 storeys high and house a total of 354 apartments between them.

The Society state the extensions would be ‘overly dominant and out of place’ in the Avenham Conservation Area.

Aerial shot of the current Park Hotel site Pic: scrappyNW

Victorian Society Conservation Adviser Guy Newton said: “Sadly, these plans will harm the historic hotel more than the demolished 60s tower did.

“Currently, the eye is drawn through carefully landscaped gardens upwards to the former hotel.

“This proposal would permanently harm the existing 19th-century relationship with the wider landscape, integral to both these early municipal parks. This would harm the setting of surrounding listed and heritage buildings.

“Preston Council must refuse this application and work with the developers to come back with a scheme which restores the original building and creates and new more sensitively designed accommodation. This is a once in a generation opportunity to get key site right for Preston.”

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The listed hotel building would be brought back into use by the scheme with 65 bedrooms, a gym, co-working space and a ground floor cafe and restaurant.

The full objection letter from the Victorian Society can be read on their website.

Councillors on Preston City Council’s planning committee are due to hear the plans in the coming months and decide on the future of the hotel site.

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