Onward eyes former Preston mill for 380 affordable homes
Plans have been submitted for the transformation of the former Horrocks Mill site between Queen Street and Church Street for residential development.
Onward Homes is eyeing the plot to deliver a raft of affordable homes in Preston, featuring a a mix of apartments, townhouses and family homes.
Designed by DK Architects, the scheme would create green spaces featuring trim trails and play areas. Proposals also include new cycling and walking routes into the city centre.
Following the demolition of the cotton manufacturing plant in 1965, the site is now a vacant brownfield plot allocated for development under the city’s local plan.
Onward held a public consultation in June for feedback on its plans for the land, owned by property developer Brookhouse Group.
Ben Scandrett, group surveyor for Brookhouse Group, said: “Brookhouse Group are delighted to be working with Onward Homes to help deliver one of the most significant residential-led regeneration schemes in Preston city centre.
“The scheme fully aligns with our principles of delivering high-quality development and will breathe new life and purpose into an underutilised site whilst complementing our neighbouring shopping park.”
Sandy Livingstone, executive director for property at Onward, added: “Our plans for Horrocks Mill present an enormous opportunity to transform a derelict brownfield site into a place that local people can call home…
“The redevelopment of the site supports our wider vision to deliver a transformative regeneration programme in one of our great northern cities.”
Nexus Planning is the planning consultant for the scheme.
The application has not yet been validated on Preston City Council’s planning portal.
Onward is active across the North West. The housing association owns and operates 35,000 homes across Merseyside, Cheshire, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester, with 1,100 of these being in Preston.
- Hear from Onward Homes at the Greater Manchester Development Update on 7 September