As Preston Youth Zone starts to go up, what future for former Tithebarn pub?

Posted on - 6th July, 2024 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
The Youth Zone will sit next door to these two abandoned buildings in Lord Street Pic: Blog Preston

Preston’s new Youth Zone is due to open in Autumn next year – but standing next door will be two abandoned old buildings.

The multi-million pound investment in the city’s young people and future will stand in stark contrast to the former Tithebarn pub and a former warehouse next door.

Standing on the corner of Lord Street and Tithebarn Street the buildings are in a mix of Preston City Council and private ownership.

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The former pub, which has stood empty for nearly a decade, is owned by the city council.

While 21-23 Lord Street, the former Aladdins Cove warehouse, was subject to a planning application in 2019 by NM Energy – but no work has taken place within the building.

Plans in 2016 were initially lodged to convert the grade-II listed mill building with a ground-floor coffee shop and apartments above.

The empty 21-23 Lord Street building with the former Tithebarn pub next door Pic: Blog Preston

Read more: Preston Youth Zone work unearths old mill site and items dating back 300 years

Blog Preston approached the city council to ask what was happening with the buildings – as they stand in stark contrast to the ambitions of the Youth Zone next door.

Marking the start of the Youth Zone work, the side of 21-23 Lord Street warehouse can be seen next door Pic: Blog Preston

A spokesperson said: “No current plans for the Council-owned site. The Council recognises that something needs to be done with the building/site to address its run-down appearance, particularly following construction of the Youth Zone and the aim will be to ensure that a proposal comes forward which brings the building/site into active use and/or improves the appearance of the area, consistent with the extensive £200m regeneration programme in the Harris Quarter and city centre.”

No enforcement action has been taken about the state of the buildings, although there was a report of unauthorised works taking place at 21-23 Lord Street but the city council said no action was taken and no breach of planning rules had taken place.

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