Eden Boys School

PWA helps gain planning consent for a free school in Preston

Building work on a new multi-million pound school project in Preston will begin soon after planning consent for a free school was given by Preston City Council.

The 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.
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Free school planning permission – How easy is it?

Radical reforms mean people wanting to open free schools can bypass traditional planning consent. However, the changes have often met with stiff opposition. Recent High Court decisions may give more encouragement to those seeking to establish free schools. PWA Planning director, Paul Walton, explains more.

Broad ranging planning rules enable free schools to open in virtually any building for 12 months – and potentially permanently – without needing conventional planning permission.

The government’s measures are designed to allow free schools to convert empty or underused buildings and move quickly onto their site.

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