City Living Strategy; Winckley Square

Preston City Council are planning on launching the City Living Strategy, a new funding programme to regenerate several areas of Preston.

Preston is well-connected to nearby motorways such as the M6, M65 and M61, and is close to Liverpool and Manchester airports. Travelling to London takes 2 hours by train.

They City Living Strategy aims to deliver £430 million of investment in transport improvement, 20,000 new jobs and the development of 17,000 new homes over the next 10 years.

The Council are tackling Preston area-by-area, so we’ll be taking a look at their plans in a series of upcoming blogs.

Today, we look at their plans for the Winckley area of the city.

Winckley Square is centred around open gardens and showcases some impressive Georgian architecture just minutes away from Fishergate.

Established in 1801 as an exclusive residential area of the city, overtime it became the premier legal and professional quarter accommodating many of the city’s professional and financial services firms, whilst also remaining a strong residential community.

The council are keen to return “Winckley Square to it’s former glory”. There has already been several tidy-up missions, where the Friends of Winckley Square group have led volunteers around the Square to clean up the grass, shrubbery and debris. Central to the City Living Strategy is “Attractive Green Space”, which Winckley Square certainly can provide.

Another aspect is “Attractive Buildings”. The recent development of the Winckley Square Hotel adds a luxury hotel into the heart of Winckley, sure to increase footfall and add more young professionals to the area.

John Cheetham, Office Manager at Click Estate Agents, commented; “The Winckley Square area of Preston is stunning and certainly aesthetically pleasing. When the City Living Strategy was revealed, we here at Click Estate Agents certainly noticed the potential for Winckley as we already have may investors based in that area of Preston.

There is definitely the potential for further investment and a wider range of uses, in particular residential properties such as apartments and flats.”