Plans to tear down parts of the Grade II-listed gothic orphanage in Preston are set to go ahead.
St Joseph's Orphanage opened in 1872 on the site of an almshouse, and St Joseph's Hospital for the Sick Poor followed five years later. The site has lain derelict for over a decade. Despite their poor condition, the buildings retain a great deal of their significance and we are therefore fighting for more of the complex to be spared. Due to the coronavirus lockdown restrictions around meetings, planning decisions are being made by Preston City Council chief executive Adrian Phillips, who is set to decide on the latest wave of applications next week. It has been announced that the plans are set to be approved by Mr Phillips, resulting in several of the listed buildings in the historic complex facing the wrecking ball. Read more here.