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