In 2017, following extensive consultation with local residents, the Community Gateway Association began to develop the area around the Savick stores as part of a major regeneration project.
The first phase included the development of six new homes on the site of the old Savick pub.
In August 2020, a building permit was subsequently granted for phase 2 of the program to redevelop the cottages and shops on West Park Avenue into modern family homes.
Existing properties were outdated, unsightly, and often a magnet for anti-social behavior, resulting in half the stores being abandoned.
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At the end of 2020, authorization to redevelop the neighboring Ainsdale House site in a third phase was also granted.
These last two phases involve a significant investment of around £ 4million and will take around 12-18 months.
When completed, the development will offer a total of 20 two-bed, four-to-three-bed and one four-bed property.
In addition, as a direct result of feedback from residents, CGA has also proposed to incorporate a brand new retail unit that will be used as a convenience store, as well as a specially designed modern library, which will benefit the community for years to come. future.
Phase 2 is now underway with I&R demolition work on the site starting this week, under the supervision of local councilors Phil Crowe and Jennifer Mein and staff from the Housing Association.
I&R is working with CGA’s own branch Preston Vocational Center to recycle the site’s copper, wood and electrical wiring so that it can be reused in PVC’s vocational youth training center.
Lee Garry, Head of Asset Management, said, “We continue to invest significantly in regenerating this area, demonstrating our commitment to transforming our estates so that they continue to be places people want.
live, work and play.
“Starting on-site is also a key step in our five-year business strategy to increase our number of properties in Preston and surrounding areas, so that by 2024, we can provide 7,000 much needed homes to locals. .
“By listening to what our customers tell us that is important to them, we are developing a wide choice of housing for life in city neighborhoods. The new properties are spacious, suitable for today’s modern families, and offer a range of eco-friendly features.
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