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.