Preston adopts 1,600-home city centre masterplan

Preston City Council has formally adopted a masterplan which is intended to deliver 1,600 homes in the Stoneygate area of the city centre.

Stoneygate, Preston (pic: Barbara Carr, Geograph)
Stoneygate, Preston (pic: Barbara Carr, Geograph)

The Stoneygate Regeneration Framework Supplementary Planning Document (SPD) is a 15-year regeneration framework intended to create an "urban village" in Stoneygate and deliver 1,600 homes, as well as bring back into use a number of empty and derelict buildings in the underused part of the city, including the former Horrocks Mill.

The SPD, which covers around 38 hectares of land, will act as the overarching document guiding any planning applications from developers in the Stoneygate area.

According to the document, it "builds on and complements other initiatives in the city centre and Preston as a whole, and in particular contributes to meeting the objectives of the Preston City Centre Plan, the Preston Housing Zone and the associated City Living Strategy and Prospectus".

The Preston City Centre Plan, which forms part of the council's local plan, said that the council "will seek to achieve an 'urban village' concept within the [Stoneygate] area".

The newly-adopted SPD says that a townscape, land use and ownership analysis of the area had identified a series of "gap" sites which are "a combination of vacant, derelict and underused sites as well as a number of surface level car parks".

The framework says: "These 'gap' sites detract from the sense of place and vibrancy of Stoneygate. A key objective of the strategy is to bring about more beneficial uses of these sites for new homes, workspace and other facilities".

Its "vision objectives" include improving "the quality and quantity of homes in the area for new and existing residents".

The framework also proposes enhancements to the area's public realm, and improved cycling and walking routes.

Councillor Peter Moss, cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: "Stoneygate is a key area of Preston city centre with huge potential and many opportunities. Creating a new high quality urban village, it's a chance to bring a huge transformation into this historic part of Preston."

Consultancies Nexus Planning and WSP; architecture firm Buttress Architects; property firms Colliers International and Eastham and Co; and landscape architects Gillespies were all involved in the preparation of the framework.

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