The Lancashire Evening Post, Friday, 4th April 2003
£10,000 just to park
It’ll cost £200 a week to leave your car at new executive flats By Alan Burrows
EXECUTIVES moving into plush new apartments in Preston’s professional quarter will be expected to fork out £10,000 a year to park.

Home owners will have to pay nearly £200 a week for one of 40 spaces at a posh new development on the corner of Ribblesdale Place off Winckley Square.

The move reflects the growing scramble for parking spaces – with traffic chiefs urging commuter to use the park and ride sites.

Last summer, a garage at 5 Greenbank Avenue, Plungington, was put on the market with a price tag of £14,950 – leaving estate agents scratching their heads.

The Winckley Square properties themselves will cost anything between £90,000 and £125,000 for just one bed roomed apartments- with the cost of a three bedroom flat topping the £200,000 mark.

But the real chocker is the parking rents, at £10,000.

The new flats are being built by developers Rowland, which was formally known as Rowland Homes.

The City Space PR1 development will have 40 apartments, which go onto the market tomorrow and will be built by August.

The Leyland based firm has refurbished Grace House, which was part of the site formally occupied by The Convent of the Holy Child Jesus Catholic Girl’s school. Mike Peters, Rowlands director of sales says they have already had enquiries.

He said: “ PR1 is a real breakthrough for Preston. We’ve seen Manchester and Liverpool do it and now it’s Preston’s turn to bring residents back to the city.”

The scarcity of parking spaces led for calls this week for a ban on cars for people living in new residential developments.

Blackthorn Homes was given permission to convert a former college annex on Winckley Square into plush apartments.

But Councillor Terry Cartwright says there are car free estates in Edinburgh and he believes the Town Hall should use planning restrictions to carry out a similar policy in Preston.

He Said:” Because of the Greenfield legislation we are quite rightly having to look at brown field sites and living in flats over shops.

“The more people living in town centres the better but that will create problems because nobody goes anywhere without a car these days.

“I propose that the council should make sure any new developments in the Town Centre have limited or no-car ownership.

“In 10 years time somebody will say ‘That’s a good idea’ but where are people going to park or get in and out of town.

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