Fylde Road apartment blocks with rooftop gardens tipped for approval

Posted on - 5th July, 2024 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Housing, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News, Redevelopment
CGI of the proposed apartments on Fylde Road

Councillors are expected to give the green light to plans to build two ‘landmark’ apartment blocks near to UCLan.

Plans to redevelop the long-vacant former Fylde Mill site on Fylde Road will go before Preston’s planning committee next week and have been recommended for approval. If passed, applicant S Vali will be allowed to build the 10 and eight-storey blocks containing 108 apartments and rooftop gardens.

The proposals are reduced from the original 12 storey idea and are considered acceptable by a council planning officer but a dispute remains over how financially viable the scheme is. It is currently argued there is not enough profit margin to include any affordable housing but this could be reviewed further down the line under a condition suggested in a report prepared for the committee meeting.

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The development site was previously occupied by a mill but this was demolished in the 1960s and the land has long been empty. Its proposed replacement includes a commercial unit on the ground floor and varies in height from four storeys at the front to 10 at the back,

A planning statement submitted with the application states the proposal aims to “introduce a landmark building on a reasonably prominent thoroughfare”. Among the facilities included are an outdoor terrace, gym and cinema room. 

Recommending the application be approved, the report concludes: “The site is currently vacant and underutilised, which provides opportunities to improve and enhance the street scene. The proposed development would introduce high-quality built form, making a positive contribution to the townscape and would contribute positively to the character of the wider city centre.”

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