Dryden Mill Stoneygate Developments p. planning docs

A 469-home apartment complex could be built on the site of the former Dryden Mill. Credit: via planning documents

Preston set to approve 469 homes on former mill site

Stoneygate Living’s proposals could transform the 2.3-acre site off Manchester Road into an apartment complex reaching up to 16 storeys if plans are given the green light at the city council’s planning meeting next Thursday. 

Under plans designed by David Cox Architects, two buildings made up of 469 flats would replace the current car park on the site of the former Dryden Mill.

The flats would be delivered across six blocks. Two blocks would make up the northern building and the other four blocks would make up the southern building. 

Of the total 469 homes, 261 would be one-bedroom, 204 would be two-bedroom, and four would be three-bedroom flats. Apartments would range from 575 sq ft to 949 sq ft. 

Residents would also have access to three shops totalling 8,180 sq ft on the southern building’s ground floor, and a communal courtyard linking the two buildings.

Two car parks would be provided with a total of 105 parking spaces, as well as five cycle stores.

Cassidy & Ashton Group is the scheme’s planning consultant. TPM Landscape is landscape architect. Cora IHT is advising on transport, PSA Design on drainage strategy, and Martin Environmental Solutions on noise. 

As all 469 homes would be open market, no affordable rent would be offered. Approval is therefore subjected to a Section 106 agreement on the scheme’s viability.

The project would be delivered under the wider Stoneygate Masterplan, part of the area’s Regeneration Framework prepared on behalf of Preston City Council in 2020. The masterplan aims to deliver 1,600 homes across 61 acres in the city over 15 years.

More about the proposals can be found by searching for application number 06/2022/1084 on Preston City Council’s planning portal. 

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Please no, Preston has enough flats, more family houses are needed


Will never get built

By KatieT

Absolute farce at Preston City Council. Where are the required first homes?

By Anonymous

@ ‘DH’

Please needs a mixture of dwelling types – houses and apartments. It’s not a binary choice. Good that this scheme also includes an over-55s element. We’re now seeing more senior housing built in large town and city centres.


I think you have a very fair point – there’s been a number of schemes consented which can never got off the ground in the city. Unless you’re Heaton Group who actually get things done and built from the off.


@DH More houses? have you missed the thousands of houses going up in North Preston? inner city areas need higher density housing.

By Jon P

Some tasty looking balconies on this scheme

By Balcony Warrior

I don’t like it. We don’t need flats here.

By Dan

400 + apartments!! Only 109 parking spaces 🤔🤔 that makes sense 👍

By Jw

Guess it wasn’t design by Gaudi.

By Anonymous

Can certain individuals please actually engage with the debate rather than post under different pseudonyms and not do so?

I feel this would make for better quality discussion.


Looks great. A big improvement in the area. Lots happening Preston.

By Katie

What a monstrosity! 469 homes yet only 105 parking spaces. Where are all the other cars going to park? The plans should be rejected on this failing alone.

By Anonymous

The current site and car park is an absolute blight for the city and it’s great to see something ambitious here rather than the parochial sensibilities. The surrounding wider areas of Preston are already being flooded by soulless, copy-paste Barratt-style houses. High density, attractive living in a walkable city is a mark of successful and thriving cities. Forward thinking urban planning across the globe is de-emphasising the role of the car and focusing on quality of life and mobility. Preston has the potential to be part of the future. Good luck with this project and may the decision-makers show courage.

By Chester N.

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