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PWA wins planning consent for new children’s nursery

Plans to build a new day nursery in Preston to accommodate up to 120 children have been given the go ahead.

The new nursey, part of the Ashbridge Schools portfolio, will be built on land north of Lightfoot Lane in Fulwood.

PWA Planning developed and submitted the planning application with architecture practice Bramley-Pate and Partners. The application was approved following a resubmission of plans which had previously been refused.

The development consists of two phases, the first would see the provision of a 44 place day nursery, followed by phase two, which would see the nursery spaces increase to 120. The plans also include the landscaping of the surrounding land, to include play areas, new trees and shrubs, and car parking.

Katie Delaney, associate at Lancashire planning consultants PWA Planning, said: “This new nursery fits perfectly into the North West Preston Masterplan which seeks to build up to 5,000 new homes in the area. Approval of the plans means that the provision of an excellent nursery facility, which will complement the housing proposed for the area, is now confirmed.

“The plans were resubmitted following initial concerns from the Planning Committee regarding access to the site. We are pleased that Planning Committee has now acknowledged that the scheme would represent appropriate and sustainable development and that a safe and convenient access can be made available. We are confident that the latest development will benefit the local area and bring the Ashbridge reputation for quality to this part of Preston.”

The day nursery, which will be the fourth nursery operated by Ashbridge Schools, will be spread across two floors.

Initially it will have 17 car parking spaces, three motorbike spaces and space for bicycles. Phase 2 will see the parking spaces increased to 33, addressing concerns raised by local residents.

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