Planning permission has finally been granted for the controversial £700 million Tithebarn project, set to revolutionise Preston city centre.
The 30-acre redevelopment will involve knocking down the bus station and building a modern retail and leisure centre with over 100 shops (including M&S and John Lewis stores), bars, restaurants, a multi-screen cinema complex, a new bus interchange, a hotel and up to 500 new apartments and offices.
The permission comes after Local Government Secretary, Eric Pickles, overturned the verdict of an independent planning inspector and disregarded fierce opposition from Blackpool Council and Blackburn with Darwen Council, who both claimed the development would mean loss of jobs and trade in their own cities.
Commercial recycler and social welfare charity, Recycling Lives, is committed to stimulating economic growth in Preston and further afield.
Recycling Lives provides training and employment opportunities to the workless and long-term unemployed and supports start-up businesses and social enterprises through Social Enterprise Education (SEE) – a ‘not-for-profit’ company that works with local colleges and universities to provide a complete academic syllabus, with vocational courses from the dedicated Recycling Lives Training Department.
Recycling Lives Founder and Chairman, Steven Jackson, said:
“This is great news for the city of Preston and all its residents. In addition to creating a new and modern city centre, the Tithebarn redevelopment will create jobs for local people and bring in tourists and visitors from across the country, adding great benefits to the local economy. This is just what the city needs as we move out of the recession and into a more prosperous future.”