News Go Ahead Hospital Redevelopment

Planning approval has been secured for a regeneration scheme that will see the derelict Whittingham Hospital in Preston turned into up 650 new homes and 9,000 sq m of office and light industrial space.

Manchester-based HOW Planning won unanimous backing for the project from Preston City Council on behalf of its partner, Taylor Wimpey.

The proposed scheme will also deliver a new primary school, as well as access routes, open spaces, landscaping and associated infrastructure.

Whittingham Hospital is currently owned by the Homes and Communities Agency, which is supporting the plan.

HOW Planning has submitted a related application for a change of use and listed building consent for the redevelopment of the former St John’s Church, which it plans to turn into a community centre.

The company said the overall scheme will “contribute significantly” to the adjoining villages of Goosnargh and Cumeragh in terms of providing both new facilities and new residents to support existing shops and services.

The plan also provides for 72 affordable homes in an area where such properties are in high demand, it added.

Gareth Own, regional land director Taylor Wimpey North West, said: “We have been working closely with the HCA and all our advisors for a long time to ensure this development meets all expectations and ambitions for the area. This announcement enables us to progress with the scheme and ensure this major regeneration programme becomes a reality.”

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