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New apartment plan for Preston city center

7-8 Chapel Street was once occupied by Brabners Pic: Google

A planning application has been submitted to change the use of 7-8 Chapel Street in Preston city centre.


It is proposed to convert the former Brabners barristers building from commercial, commercial and service use (class E) into 14 apartments (class C3).

The change will see four apartments on the ground floor, with five apartments each on the first and second floors.

Although the building – which is located next to Winckley Square – is not nationally listed, it is considered to make a positive contribution to the conservation area.

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The application states that the proposed layout will allow habitable rooms to benefit from a good level of natural light and all apartments to meet nationally outlined space standards.

He adds that due to the central location of the site, residents will be close to shops, services and employment opportunities within 100 meters of Fishergate and Preston train station within 250 meters meaning that public transport will be accessible.

7-8 Chapel Street Photo: Google
The building could become apartments Pic: Google

A statement from Paul Butler Associates acting on behalf of the claimant, SenCap Ltd, said: ‘The proposed change of use will return the building to active use and thus help to secure its future/long term maintenance, and the positive contribution that it brings to the character and sustainability of the conservation area.

“Furthermore, the use of the building as residential accommodation will allow its occupancy throughout the day and night and will be associated with a level of activity/traffic on the surrounding streets. For these reasons, the development will have a positive impact on the character and sustainability of the conservation area and as such prior approval should be granted.

You can see the full proposals on the Preston City Council website.

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