Public invited to share views on plans for new homes in Preston

Onward Homes has unveiled plans to deliver new homes within walking distance of Preston City Centre.

Onward, a leading North West housing association, is inviting residents to comment on its vision for land at Horrocks Mill, located between Queen Street and Church Street. The plans will transform this derelict brownfield site into a thriving new community that provides much-needed affordable homes.

Onward’s proposals include up to 380 new homes and apartments in different sizes and styles, including affordable homes, with family housing such as mews style houses and low-rise apartments. Alongside this, new green open spaces will be created for enjoyment by existing and future residents, as well as new and improved walking routes into Preston from Queen Street and Church Street, providing surrounding residents with better connections to the city centre.

A consultation on the plans launched on 5th June and will run until Monday 26th June. During this time, residents can view the plans and share feedback by:

–          Attending a public exhibition on Saturday 17th June between 10am and 3pm at Onward’s office on Arundel Place (PR1 3RN), where members of the team will be on hand to answer questions

–          Emailing the team at or calling 0300 555 0600

–          Visiting the consultation website at and completing a feedback form

Those without internet access can call the team to provide feedback and request hard copies of materials.

Sandy Livingstone, Executive Director for Property at Onward, said:

“The redevelopment of the Horrocks Mill site is a clear opportunity to transform a key part of the centre of Preston, one of our great northern cities and support the ambitious plans of the City Council. It will ensure this disused brownfield site turns into a thriving community that provides quality affordable homes and new open spaces that will support our existing and future residents.

“Our plans for Horrocks Mill support our wider ambitions to deliver a transformative redevelopment of the area. Local feedback is important to us and we want to work with residents, community groups and elected representatives to make sure that we get these plans right. We would encourage residents to share their views with us before a planning application is submitted to the Council.”

Onward has a longstanding commitment to Preston having confirmed last year its decision to demolish the tower blocks at the nearby Queen Street and Avenham neighbourhood and replace these with modern homes that better reflect local housing needs. Onward’s teams are currently working to support residents living in the tower blocks through the rehousing process.