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Preston Youth Zone building set for green light in city centre

Posted on - 5th July, 2023 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
How the Youth Zone could look from Tithebarn Street Pic: Elephant Visual
How the Youth Zone could look from Tithebarn Street Pic: Elephant Visual

A place for between 1,500 to 2,000 children and young people in Preston and beyond to visit each week looks set to be given the green light.

Preston Youth Zone – which has been more than a decade in the making – would be built on land opposite Preston Bus Station in the shadow of the Guild Hall.

Councillors are set to hear the proposals from OnSide Youth Zone for a three-storey building in the patch of land between Tithebarn Street, Lord Street and Crooked Lane.

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New proposed site for Preston Youth Zone between Lord Street and Tithebarn Street in Preston city centre Pic: Blog Preston
New proposed site for Preston Youth Zone between Lord Street and Tithebarn Street in Preston city centre Pic: Blog Preston

The plans for the Youth Zone include a four-court sports hall, performance space, gym, kick-pitch, music room, arts and crafts room, mentoring kitchen, recreation space with cafe along with vehicle drop-off points and disabled parking bays.

One objection has been received to the Youth Zone proposals saying it is a ‘loss of green space and trees’ and the area risks becoming a ‘concrete jungle’.

What the youth zone could look like Pic: Elephant Visual
What the youth zone could look like Pic: Elephant Visual

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Council officers are recommend approval for the plans saying it would be a ‘landmark building in a prominent location in the heart of the city centre’.

The Youth Zone is expected to open in late 2024 and the project has recently received a £6.2m Youth Investment Fund grant to help fund the new building.

Councillors will meet on Thursday at Preston City Council’s planning committee to hear the proposals.

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