Major redevelopment scheme gets the green light

An £80 million regeneration project for Preston has been given unanimous approval at a special meeting of Preston City Council planners.

The Cottam Hall Brickworks scheme will provide up to 700 permanent jobs and 200 jobs in construction.

It is likely to be Preston’s main regeneration project to get underway in 2012.

The development aims to be one of the country’s most sustainable regeneration projects transforming a derelict 28 acre site. It is one of a new generation of schemes in the UK that answers transport, leisure, business, residential, ecological and social issues in one major redevelopment.

Ian Rankin, chairman of Cottam Hall Properties, the developer behind the project added:

“This is a major step forward in delivering a scheme that demonstrates how well different urban uses can complement each other while giving immediate access to the countryside, the canal and sports facilities.

“While providing a substantial proportion of the new housing required by Preston, the development will include the shopping, amenities and employment that has long been promised to this part of the City.”