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Preston Property Developer To Invest £7 Million In New City Centre Apartments

Written by John Nicoll

A Preston property developer has revealed plans to invest £7 million pounds and develop 52 new apartments to regenerate Preston city centre.

Two underused sites on Chadderton Court and Crompton Court on Percy Street will see 52 new apartments build after plans were lodged by developers earlier this week.

Submitted by PWA Planning on behalf of Preston developers Premier Sagar, the plans are set to bring to life the four-storey city centre apartments at Crompton Court, with a small private car park with just eight spaces.

Chadderton Court currently houses 12 flats which will be demolished to make way for 29 1-bedroom and 15 2-bedroom apartments across 14 storeys.

The proposed vision makes better use of the sites by boosting the provision of high-quality city centre housing, while contributing towards the regeneration of the area.

The site sits within the boundaries of the Stoneygate regeneration framework to the east of the bus station, where Preston City Council envisages the creation of an ‘urban village’.

Designed by architect FWP, the new development is sympathetic to its surroundings, including a Grade II listed 18th century former unitarian chapel, which now also houses apartments and sits between the two proposed buildings.

Designed with conservation in mind, the scheme ensures the chapel – which is Preston’s oldest place of worship – retains strong sight lines and is still available to view from street level.

Daniel Hughes, associate at PWA Planning, said: “We’re proud to be working in partnership with Premier Sagar and to have submitted plans for this scheme that will help plug the gap for high quality homes in this area of Preston, while also contributing towards the wider regeneration of the area.”

A spokesperson from Premier Sagar, added: “We’re really excited to be part of the regeneration of Stonygate. Having previously saved this site from long term dereliction in 1996 with the Chadderton and Crompton development, while also retaining the listed building at the former chapel, we are now working closely with PWA Planning and FWP on the new proposal and design to significantly upgrade the site with conservation in mind.”

Brent Clayton, partner at FWP, said: “We have worked closely with the developer to bring forward a project in keeping with the transformation of the Stoneygate area of the city that we are seeing gathering momentum.

“If approved the development will play its part in the creation of the new and vibrant urban village that will bring people and prosperity into this part of Preston.

“We believe our proposals will regenerate two currently underused areas and deliver much needed high-quality housing, helping to realise the vision and objectives set out in the Stoneygate regeneration framework.

“As a Preston based company, we are committed to playing our part in the wider regeneration of the city and helping deliver projects that make a positive difference.”