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Access agreement gives green light for £80 million development

Cottam Hall Properties is to begin development of its £80 million site at Cottam Brickworks following the signing of a formal agreement with the Homes Community Agency and Lancashire County Council

The signing of the Access Agreement now completes the missing link to kick-starting the major regeneration scheme in the north of Preston.

The 28 acre site currently has planning permission for a supermarket, 206 residential units, a pub/restaurant, retail and commercial uses. A nature reserve is also planned for the site. 

The site recently gained new prominence when the County and City Councils identified the Brickworks as the site for a District Centre at the heart of North Preston serving a major new housing programme as well as existing housing.

Cottam Hall Properties with the City Planning Officers are currently looking at optional layouts corresponding to the site's district centre status. 

Ian Rankin, director of Cottam Hall Properties sees the Brickworks site as valuable for retail operators and the overall development as a benefit to north Preston. “In the years 2012 and 2013 alone, planning permission was granted for almost 2000 new homes in Cottam. This equates to a community the size of Longridge added to the current population which is already very much in need of local shops and amenities. Many of these new homes will have been built by the time the Centre starts trading, and in succeeding years, a further 5000 homes will be added.

“While the size of population would suggest a demand for a range of retailers, the site itself is large enough to accommodate a number of complementary retailers along with cafes, smaller local shops, commercial units and community facilities.

“Local opinion supports this as the best location for amenities for the community so it represents excellent use of a brownfield site. The development will provide much local employment: through John Turner Construction Group during construction followed by an estimated 700 hundred jobs during its operation.”

“Shops and amenities are sorely missing from this part of Preston. There will be a canal side residential area with footpaths and cycle ways to Cottam, the City centre, the Sports Arena and alongside the canal to open country.

“We have also created a nature reserve which will be a centre of interest for schools and the local community. It will be a very complete development, well served by public transport. Sustainability has been a key priority." 

“For the people living in the neighbouring Cottam , Ingol and Tanterton areas, the trip to a supermarket is inconvenient and for some, costly. For them, a shopping centre at the Brickworks cannot come soon enough.”

The development at Cottam Hall Brickworks as represented by the current planning permission can be viewed on this website.

Alternative plans adapting the development to its district centre status are under discussion with the Preston Planning Officers for pre-application advice.

These indicate how the Cottam District Centre could be developed, and will be used as the basis for marketing the site and assessing whether the proposals may be amended to reflect the feedback from the market.