New "high quality bespoke" supported living accommodation is set to be built on the site of a church and community hall earmarked for demolition.

Plans are now days away from a final decision for a dedicated supported living development in Preston that will provide 14 individual units for residents with a learning disability and or autism who want to live independently.

Progress Housing Association have set their sights on St David's Church, located on Eldon Street, and if plans for the new development are approved, developers will get the go ahead to send in the bulldozers to demolish to the current structure.

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St David's Church us still currently in use but have worked with the housing group to accept their plans for the demolition in the hopes of relocating their congregation elsewhere. In August 2021, Reverend Tom De Lacey was in the final stages of handing over the site to Progress Housing Association and revealed that St David's would be moving to Cottom Village.

Months later, plans have now been taken to the planning committee at Preston City Council where they have been considered for approval or rejection.

The complete demolition of the former church will leave the perfect spot for the developers to being construction on the two-storey with individual units, a communal garden space and four parking bays. As well as the 14 units for tenants, the housing association group have included a separated room for a member of staff to stay overnight on site providing 24 hour support.

Plans also take into consideration the appearance of the building which have been designed in a sympathetic way to the local area using materials that reflect the nearby dwellings.

Council documents say the site of the new development will be completely re-landscaped and made in an eco-friendly way, considering the types of doors, window and external materials used to help reduce emissions.

St David's Church built in the late 1910's on Eldon Street in Preston
St David's Church built in the late 1910's on Eldon Street in Preston

Prior to the meeting, planning officers gave reasons to justify the approval of these plans covering the need for this development as well as the loss of the church.

They stated: "The loss of the community facility is justified, and would provide a supported living facility in which the benefits would outweigh the loss of this community facility. The proposed development would not have any adverse impacts on the visual amenity of the area or residential amenity of the surrounding occupiers.

"The proposal would provide a sufficient number of off-site parking spaces and would not have an unacceptable impact on traffic and highway safety. The proposal would not have an adverse impact on protected species subject to the recommended condition. The proposal would not increase the risk of flooding on site or elsewhere and, potential contamination risks would be mitigated by condition.

"Therefore, in accordance with Section 38(6) of the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004 and the Framework it is considered that planning permission should be granted."

No objections were made on this application but the final say on whether or not this development will be allowed is to be decided at the next meeting on Thursday, December 2.

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