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Business district plan for Preston

Developers have been invited to give their views on plans to build a new Central Business District in Preston.

The city’s council has published details of the proposals on its website, and says it aims to create a new area to complement the planned Tithebarn shopping centre.

Under the plans, a new district would be established around the city’s Corporation Street, Ringway and Fishergate areas to supply office space to surrounding firms.

Businesses and local residents have also been asked to comment on the proposals.

The council’s cabinet member for development Neil Cartwright said: “We need to maximise Preston’s potential as a great place to do business and invest.

“Preston is ideally located with excellent transport and communication links as well as a highly skilled workforce with access to high calibre graduates from the University of Central Lancashire.

“At the moment, there isn’t enough quality business and office accommodation in the city centre and the Central Business District aims to address this.

“There is strong interest from developers in the Central Business District but we need to get the planning framework right so that the area around Corporation Street, Ringway and Fishergate can develop in the right way for business and in the right way for Preston.”

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