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New life in old media in Lancashire

Preston Pulse - Sands Venue Resort Hotel appoints contractor - October 2017

The launch this autumn of Preston Pulse, a new monthly newspaper for the city, is the latest in a series of media moves in Lancashire.

Independent Newspapers also publishes five free papers in Cheshire and Horwich and works on a 99% pick up rate. “This means that the consumer makes a conscious choice to pick up our newspapers over other titles in the selected stands,” the publisher says.

Preston Pulse follows the recent online launches of Lancashire Means Business, which used to be a business magazine from the Blackpool Gazette stable, and Business Lancashire, affiliated to the North & Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce.

Across the county in Oldham, the 163-year-old Chronicle daily newspaper (which went into administration in September) will now be owned and published by the town...

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CPUK Group launches Port Salford warehouse for Peel


Leading Lancashire building group Construction Partnership UK (CPUK Group) has completed a multi-million pound state-of-the-art warehouse and office facility for development giant Peel Group.

CPUK’s 20th project for Peel has seen the company create the 50,000 sq ft new headquarters for freight logistics group Rhenus Logistics at the emerging Port Salford freight terminal.

The site on the Manchester Ship Canal is strategically located at the UK’s first tri-modal inland port facility and gives Rhenus’ customers access to some of the fastest and most efficient routes into and out of the UK.

The Boysnope Wharf warehouse and infrastructure project is expected to be fully operational by the end of this year and its construction harnesses the combined skills of two CPUK Group operations – ...

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Battle lines drawn up in fight to save greenbelt

Google Maps image: Whittingham Lane, Broughton

Google Maps image: Whittingham Lane, Broughton

A Cheshire planning consultant is putting pressure on Preston Council to accept more greenfield land being permanently lost to the city.

Or, Helen Leggett, of Emery Planning in Macclesfield, is simply pointing out that Preston has delivered a consistent under-supply of new homes and her client is doing the council and the city a favour by agreeing to have farmland built upon with 101 houses.

Leggett’s case seems to be that Preston needs more homes and the council isn’t doing enough to supply them. And there’s lots of new houses being built in and around Broughton so a lot more won’t make a difference.

It could be seen as a classic case of opportunism by a landowner eyeing up a very healthy, and wealthy, return on what is currently past...

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What’s next for Lancashire?


Business leaders and experts from across Lancashire came together today to point the way forward for the county at a time of economic and political uncertainty.

North West Business Insider magazine hosted the Business of Lancashire conference where the message was we have the skills, innovation and “Northern Grit” to succeed on a global stage.

Energy and engineering, construction and culture – Lancashire has a diverse skillset and assets other regions would kill for, many of the speakers confirmed.

However, Jim Carter, deputy chairman of the Eric Wright Group and board member of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership (LEP), the main sponsor of the conference, said it was time to concentrate on delivery of good quality jobs and to support urban residential regeneration plans.

He said ...

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Downsizing by the Punk generation

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It seems fitting that Tory housing minister Gavin Barwell has lost his seat in this month’s General Election because his Government has consistently failed to take the lead in solving the UK’s housing crisis.

He and his predecessors turned a blind eye to the tens of thousands of empty London homes owned by foreign companies and individuals.

They have watched as the UK’s property market has turned from an ‘own your own home’ ambition to one in which it is almost impossible to buy a new home in the centre of our towns and cities as companies latch onto to the profits to be made from the ‘built to rent’ generation.

There is still no obvious strategy for encouraging development in the places that need it and housing seems to be one area of policy where ‘leaving it to the market’...

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Preston launches City Living strategy

Preston has unveiled a City Living strategy in a bid to attract inward investment from developers and investors with the full support of the public sector.

Preston’s leaders are aiming for a new wave of high quality residential development across the city centre and Cushman and Wakefield has produced a City Living Prospectus to support future investment.

The global real estate experts are advising Preston City Council on how to successfully deliver the kind of new homes people will want to buy, rent and live in, having worked in a similar capacity in Manchester for many years.

The strategy has crucially identified national, regional and local trends coming together to provide a solid platform for investment and the delivery of quality residential developments in the city.

Preston City ...

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Preston -v- Longridge: A tale of two house-building problems


Too many planning applications for new homes approved, not enough houses being built.

That’s the story in Preston’s neighbour Longridge according to a town councillor who has called for a moratorium on planning consents and accused the plc housebuilders of land-banking, not building.

Ken Hind claims the town’s allocation of new homes has been exceeded and of those given permission 870 have yet to be started.

He told the Lancashire Post: “It looks good on the company balance sheet – land worth 50 times more with planning consent than without it – but does not help elderly people wanting retirement bungalows in Longridge.

“The housing market is strangled in Longridge because the Preston Council has granted applications for 800 homes on the Whittingham side of Longridge without the n...

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Chic hotels can inspire Preston’s city living scene

The reality of Preston’s emergence as a regional city can be viewed through its hotel offer.

The city currently offers nothing beyond budget chains, such as the Premier and Holiday Inns, indicating a lack of demand in past decades from either the business or tourist sectors.

With a limited leisure entertainment offer and no big annual music, arts, political, sports or food festivals, Preston is a place that has to be content with merely servicing its own population and acting as a genuinely good gateway to other places.

In the next couple of years, however, this will change.

First to open will probably be the Old Post Office, the classic late Victorian/early Edwardian building in Birley Street that separates the Flag Market from the outdoor markets, which is being renovated and converte...

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2017 – A 10-point plan for Preston

There will be a lot of talk this year about development plans for Preston as the city seeks to firmly put an end to 20 plus years of stagnation.

The last 12 months witnessed the beginnings of a revival that could see the North West’s third city finally taking its place on the development map and a realistic (and much cheaper) alternative offer to Manchester and Liverpool.

Public realm and infrastructure projects were either begun – the new outdoor market – or completed – the Fishergate streetscape and Winckley Square renovation.

And plans are being formed in the Town Hall and at County Hall to keep spending the £434 million City Deal cash from central Government on further improvements to Preston city centre.

Work will get underway in 2017 on the revamped bus station and youth zon...

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£10m hotel & casino passed by Preston’s planners

Ambitious £10 million plans to transform Preston’s tallest tower into a hotel, casino and spa have been approved by the city council.

Chief architects and master-planners, the Frank Whittle Partnership (FWP), have designed a glittering new future for the 15-storey Guild Tower – the latest in a succession of good news stories for Lancashire’s biggest city.

FWP is leading the rejuvenation of some of the city’s most important assets including the historic Victorian Market and the iconic 1970s Guild Hall complex.

Now, the city’s leading multi-disciplinary architecture and construction firm has successfully steered plans to transform Preston’s tallest office building into a stylish 105-room aparthotel with a casino, spa and gym.

Seb Salisbury, architect at FWP, is leading the trans...

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