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Preston, a vibrant city in Lancashire, is witnessing a dynamic shift in its residential architecture and urban development. This blog, written by Chloe Cardwell, Director at MG Legal, and well-renowned conveyancing solicitor in Preston, delves into the latest house building trends in Preston, highlighting popular new builds and pinpointing the areas experiencing the most growth. We also shine a spotlight on MG Legal, your go-to expert conveyancing solicitors in Preston, renowned for their exceptional service including home visits and out-of-hours appointments. 

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In Preston, several significant housing development plans are set to unfold in 2024, offering a range of new homes to accommodate the city's growing population. Most of the new property developments in Preston, Lancashire, are concentrated in specific areas, with major projects underway: 

Regional Disparities in New Build Completions 

Onward Homes plans to build 380 homes on the site of the former Horrocks Mill, located between Queen Street and Church Street. The project will feature a mix of apartments, townhouses, and family homes. Over 30% of these homes are proposed to be affordable, subject to viability. The site, currently a vacant brownfield plot, is within walking distance of the city centre and is allocated for development under Preston’s local plan. 

Moor House Development 

Portergate Developments’ Moor House project will feature 120 open market apartments at the junction of Moor Lane and Walker Street. Originally planned as a build-to-rent scheme, it will now offer all units for open market sale. The development consists of a part five, part 19-storey residential block opposite the University of Central Lancashire’s newly constructed student centre. 

APTUS Industrial and Housing Scheme 

Barnfield Group and HBD are developing an 800,000 sq ft employment site named APTUS on a 62-acre site next to Roman Way Industrial Estate. This development will include 12 industrial and logistics units and is expected to create 1,500 jobs. In addition to industrial space, there are also plans for housing developments in the area. 

City Centre Developments 

Several developments are planned in Preston's city centre, including a 21-story apartment block in Church Row with commercial units and 80 apartments, and a seven-story apartment block to replace a disused sports hall, providing 47 flats primarily consisting of one-bedroom units. 

North West Preston Strategic Location 

Around 5,000 homes are planned over 20 years in this area, adjacent to the construction of the Preston Western Distributor Road, which will connect to the M55 and support the new housing developments. 

Bartle Lane Development 

SME housebuilder Hollins Homes has received approval to build 250 houses off Bartle Lane in Lower Bartle. The first phase includes 56 homes, comprising a mix of two to five-bedroom houses, with 17 of them being affordable homes. The 18-acre site is allocated for housing in the Preston Development Plan and will have access to the under-construction east-west link road. 
These developments reflect not only a broad initiative to cater to the growing housing demand in Preston and surrounding areas, with a focus on creating sustainable, well-connected communities, but also highlight Preston’s commitment to developing a mix of housing options, from affordable homes to high-rise apartments, enhancing the city's residential landscape. 

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Modern Aesthetics Meet Functionality 

The housing market in Preston is seeing an upsurge in modern, energy-efficient homes. With a focus on sustainability, these new builds often feature: 
- Eco-friendly materials: Utilising renewable resources for construction. 
- Smart home technology: Enhancing comfort and energy efficiency. 
- Open-plan living spaces: A trend catering to a contemporary lifestyle. 

Infrastructure and Connectivity 

With these developments, there’s an increased focus on enhancing local infrastructure, including: 

Transport links 

Making commuting smoother and more efficient. 
In 2024, several significant projects are underway to improve transport links around Preston, Lancashire: 

£207m Preston Link Road Project 

This major new road scheme, costing £207 million, links parts of Preston and the Fylde Coast to the M55 motorway. It includes the Edith Rigby Way, connecting the A583 Blackpool Road and Riversway to the new junction on the M55. The scheme also incorporates smaller link roads like William Young Way and Avice Pimblett Way, which connect new and existing housing areas of North West Preston and Cottam. These developments are expected to reduce congestion, improve access to the motorway, and support further developments in the future. 

Central Lancashire Highways and Transport Masterplan 

This masterplan represents a 13-year delivery program focusing on new road space, prioritising public transport along key corridors into Preston, and enhancing public realm in city and town centres. Key initiatives include major road linking Preston and southern Fylde to the M55, capacity upgrades along the A582, completion of the Penwortham Bypass, and construction of the Broughton Bypass. Public transport improvements are also planned, including enhanced railway stations and new ‘parkway’ stations. 

Preston and Lancashire City Deal 

This deal involves a £434 million investment to expand and improve the transport infrastructure in Preston and South Ribble. Key transport schemes include the Preston Western Distributor (PWD), South Ribble Western Distributor (SRWD), Broughton Congestion Relief, and Penwortham Bypass. These projects aim to improve access, reduce congestion, and support new housing and job creation. 

Cottam Parkway Railway Station 

Plans are in place to construct a new railway station at Cottam Parkway. This project is connected to the under-construction Preston Western Distributor route and includes a new road and bridge over the Lancaster Canal. The station aims to provide sustainable travel alternatives, reduce road traffic congestion, and connect more residents in the suburbs of Preston to the mainline station in the city centre. The construction work is forecast to take around 18 months to complete, potentially opening as soon as 2024. 
These projects collectively represent a significant effort to enhance the transport infrastructure in and around Preston, aiming to improve connectivity, reduce congestion, and support economic growth and development in the region. 

Community facilities: Ensuring a well-rounded living experience. 

In 2024, Preston, to accommodate its’ increasing population, is seeing significant development in community facilities, with major projects underway to enhance the city's cultural, leisure, and economic offerings: 

Animate Leisure Complex 

A £45 million leisure and entertainment complex called Animate is under construction in Preston city centre. This project includes an eight-screen cinema, a 16-lane bowling alley, five new restaurants and bars, a street food hub, and a new public terrace next to Preston Markets. Additionally, there will be a 164-space car park and improvements to the public realm for alfresco dining. The complex aims to boost footfall and consumer spending, supporting both the day and night-time economy in the city centre. Animate is expected to create more than 140 long-term jobs and is a key part of the Harris Quarter Towns Fund Investment Programme. 

Harris Quarter Regeneration Programme 

The Animate project is part of a broader £200 million Harris Quarter regeneration programme, which aims to transform the area into a diverse culture, leisure, and employment offering. The programme is part of Preston's City Investment Plan and includes the redevelopment of publicly-owned buildings to support new cultural and community uses. This initiative aligns with the City Council's commitment to Preston's City Investment Plan 2035, enhancing the city as a vibrant, modern, and thriving place to live, work, and play. 

Preston Markets Cinema and Leisure Complex 

In addition to the Animate project, plans for a £40 million cinema and leisure complex at Preston Markets have been approved. The development will host an eight-screen cinema, a bowling alley, a food hall, new restaurants and bars, and a new public square. This project is expected to stimulate economic growth and development in Preston, generating over £7 million of extra-economic activity annually while creating 140 full-time equivalent jobs. 
These projects reflect Preston's focus on enhancing community facilities and the local economy, providing a variety of leisure and cultural options to residents and visitors, and supporting the city's ongoing transformation and growth. 

MG Legal: Your Conveyancing Partner in Preston 

Expertise That Stands Out 

When it comes to navigating property transactions in these exciting new developments, MG Legal stands out with: 
- Proven expertise: Decades of experience in conveyancing. 
- Personalised service: Tailoring solutions to each client’s needs. 
We hold the Conveyancing Quality Accreditation, and only employ fully-qualified conveyancing solicitors 

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MG Legal goes the extra mile by offering: 
- Home visits: Bringing their services to your doorstep. 
- Out-of-hours appointments: Catering to your schedule. 

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Preston’s landscape is evolving rapidly, making it an exciting time for potential homeowners and investors. Whether you're drawn to the modern aesthetics of new builds or the charm of emerging neighbourhoods, Preston offers a diverse range of options. With MG Legal's unparalleled conveyancing services, your journey to owning a piece of this vibrant city is in expert hands. 
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