Preston launches Stoneygate masterplan

Business leaders from across Lancashire today attended the launch of a masterplan looking to unlock the potential of the Stoneygate area of Preston city centre.

It has been created to provide a framework for the development and regeneration of the area that includes key landmarks including St John’s Minster.

Preston City Council chiefs say the plan “sets out an exciting, long-term vision for the area that aims to both attract investment into Stoneygate and realise its potential”.

A key objective is improvement in connectivity, highlighting walking and cycling routes within the area as well as delivering stronger links to the rest of the city centre.

The masterplan also outlines the need for the city council to work in partnership with Lancashire County Council to create a better environment for residents, business owners, students and visitors through quality public realm improvements.

Councillor Peter Moss, city council deputy leader and cabinet member for planning, said: “Stoneygate is a key area of Preston City Centre with huge potential and many opportunities.

Stoneygate has huge potential and many opportunities.

“We already have excellent examples of private sector investment in the area, for instance Preston Livery and Carriage Works restoration and Cotton Court – both of which showcase what can be achieved.

“The masterplan is designed to help us raise Stoneygate’s profile, and provide a clear guide to help us meet our ambitions for this area.”

He added: “The launch is an important step in the regeneration of Stoneygate. By working together on the delivery with our key partners we hope it will kick-start and encourage further investment with other private sector bodies.

“I look forward to working collaboratively in bringing the Stoneygate vision to life.”