New Development for Preston will boost interest for the City
Dec, 4 2021
Major cities have felt the serious repurcussions of the pandemic. Now locally to many, Preston is about to undergo and mega development that will boost the economy since the outbreak of the health crisis in March 2020.
A planning application has already been submitted, ‘Animate’ has been lodged by Preston City Council.
Since the scheme was first proposed, plans have progressed to improve the previously consented proposals and respond to the current leisure market trends.
The planning application proposes the following:-
- An eight screen cinema
- 16 lane bowling alley
- Competitive social unit (suitable for a range of uses)
- Five family restaurants
- Street food hub
- 164 space car park
- A Changing Places facility
- Associated servicing arrangements
The Animate scheme is designed to bring growth and a resurgence of interest into the city centre. It is hoped the plan will encourage families back into Preston making it the quality leisure destination for all.
As well as the increased economic factor it is expected to bring 140 full time jobs for interested ones.
This planning application has now been submitted to Preston City Council’s Planning Department. A period of consultation will be open to allow the public the opportunity to express their views on the proposed development. The application will be considered and decided by the Planning Committee, which is made up of elected councillors.
Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council expressed the impact these new proposals will have on the city,
“ This planning application is the vital next step in the Animate scheme, which aims to bring key investment and jobs to benefit the people of Preston, as well as stimulating investment in the surrounding area.
It is a central part of our ambitions for a more democratic local economy with the asset retained in city ownership once developed.
The scheme aim to enhance the leisure offer within the city centre, build resiliency as we recover from Covid and make Preston a key destination to live, work and visit.
Now the application has been submitted, it will be considered by the planning committee who will make their decision over the coming weeks”.
Subject to achieving planning permission work is programmed to begin on site Summer 2022.
^Alex Ashworth CCG UK Blogger