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Planning Application in for Preston Youth Zone

4 January 2023

National youth charity OnSide has submitted a planning application to Preston City Council for a Youth Zone.

The dedicated venue for young people will be built on the corner of Crooked Lane and Tithebarn street, directly opposite Preston Bus Station.

Youth Zones are state-of-the-art spaces for young people filled with incredible facilities and staffed by highly skilled youth workers that believe in young people and help them to achieve their potential.

Open seven days a week, Preston Youth Zone will offer members the opportunity to access 20 activities each night, ranging from sports such as football, boxing and climbing to creative arts, music, drama and employability training. Young people will also be able to access support from dedicated youth workers - all for just 50p per visit and £5 annual membership. 

Preston Youth Zone will be an independent local charity based on the successful OnSide model, joining a national Network of 14 similar Youth Zones across the country, supporting 50,000 young people.  

The Youth Zone's capital and revenue costs will be met by a number of financial contributions from Preston City Council, the Town's Fund, various charitable trust and foundation grant funding bodies and from the private sector.    

Adam Poyner, Head of Property and Construction for OnSide, said:

"We are delighted to be able to submit our full planning application to Preston City Council revealing the final designs for the Youth Zone in Preston. This is a very exciting milestone for all the project partners involved and, most importantly, for the young people of Preston." 

John Chesworth, Executive Chairman of Harrison Drury Solicitors and Chair of the Preston Towns Fund Board, added:

"Preston Youth Zone is one of the key projects within the Towns Fund investment programme, which is focussing on the regeneration of the Harris Quarter. Not only will it have a physical impact, but its social and economic value will also be key. As with other similar Youth Zones in Lancashire, we have seen their tremendous impact in engaging young people and helping them reach their potential. It'll be an important asset and much-needed facility for the city."  

Other key Harris Quarter regeneration projects and developments

For more information on other key investment and development projects contributing towards the regeneration of the Harris Quarter see Harris Quarter regeneration project.

For background information on the Towns Fund see Towns Fund Investment.