Multi-use games area for Highfield Priory


Project overview

Client:  Highfield Priory
Location:   Preston
Sector: Education
Project status:  Completed

PWA Planning was engaged by Highfield Priory Independent School and Nursery to provide planning advice to support a planning application for the creation of a multi-use games area (MUGA) within the school grounds.


What we did


Involving various controversial issues including floodlighting, noise and visual impact, PWA Planning was able to successfully negotiate a positive outcome and the grant of full planning permission for the creation of a MUGA, utilising an area of unused land within the school grounds, but close to neighbouring residents.

PWA Planning prepared a detailed planning statement and other supporting information which was able to respond positively to development plan policy, and with the supporting technical reports, allowed the proposed development to prevail in the face of local objections to the scheme.

A positive PR campaign, involving the school pupils and families, as well as other local community groups indicated the wider support for the proposed development. PWA worked with Preston-based architects FWP on the scheme.

New-build free school in Preston


Project overview

Client: Conlon Construction, Education Funding Agency, Tauheedal Education Trust
Location: Preston
Sector: Education
Project status: Under construction

PWA Planning advised Conlon Construction, the Education Funding Agency and Tauheedal Education Trust in preparing and submitting a prior notification under the new Class T (formerly Class K) permitted development rights for a change of use of a vacant office building to a state-funded free school.


What we did


The £8m Eden Boys School will transform the vacant 11,450 square metre Universal House office building on the corner of New Hall Lane and London Road on the edge of Preston city centre.

PWA Planning secured the relevant permissions for both aspects of the scheme on behalf of developer Conlon Construction. The faith-based school, which will be run by the Tauheedul Islam Faith, Education and Community Trust (TIFECT), is the first free school to get the go ahead in Lancashire under the recently-introduced Class K permitted development rights.


What our client said

“PWA Planning assisted us through every stage of the planning process which had a number of key challenges to overcome and included areas of planning legislation outside of our usual sphere of experience. The assistance and advice given to us throughout every stage of the planning process was invaluable and without doubt contributed hugely to the successful conclusion of planning matters for the project. We would not hesitate to work with PWA Planning again or recommending them to others.”
John Hicks, design manager, Conlon Construction

New-build nursery for Ashbridge School


Project overview

Client: Ashbridge School
Location: Preston
Sector: Education
Project status: Planning approved

PWA Planning advised Ashbridge School on the preparation and submission of a detailed planning application for a 120 place children’s day nursery within North Preston.


What we did


Ashbridge had identified a clear demand for full day care places in the north of Preston for children aged three months to five years. Having acquired a potential site for the development, Ashbridge retained PWA to lead negotiations with the planning authority. The two-phased proposal, initially 44 children rising to 120, involved a number of complex planning issues; district centre protection policies, highway and access issues, phasing, and noise concerns.

PWA Planning worked with other technical consultants to address the noise, highways and other technical issues. PWA were able to use skills in demographics and population growth (through development plan allocations) to demonstrate chronic un-met need for nursery places in North West Preston and to demonstrate a lack of alternative available sites. Such evidence was instrumental in changing planning officers’ views and ensuring the application was recommended for approval at Preston City Council’s planning committee.