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Preston William Hill bookmakers turned into new betting shop

Written by on January 15, 2022

A tired and old building that was used as a bookmakers is getting a face lift in way of a newer betting shop taking its place.

The former William Hill betting shop along Fishergate has secured the spot opposite the train station, neighbouring the ever popular, Old Vic Pub.

Now, plans have been approved, bosses at Star Sport now have the go ahead to send in their builders and get the ball rolling on the new bookmaker’s shop.

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Originally the building was built as an extension to the Old Vic when it was a hotel under a different name and has undergone several changes over the years and was most recently used as a bookmakers operated by William Hill.

Star Sports will soon be operating from the property and as part of their refurbishment programme work is sets to begin on getting the unit back up and running.

The application sent in by Evolve Architectural Design Ltd, on behalf of the betting company set out plans for simple refurbishments of the shop front.

Facing the high street, large panes of glass will front the building, topped with the blue ‘Star Sports’ sign.



Plans for the new Star Sports betting shop in Preston
Plans for the new Star Sports betting shop in Preston

All designs laid out look to “improve a neglected building which will enhance the street scene which can only have a positive impact to both of the surrounding Conservation Areas.”

Within the planning document, the Planning Authority stated: “The Local Planning Authority has acted positively in determining this application, in accordance with paragraph 38 of the National Planning Policy Framework by assessing the proposal against relevant planning policies and all material considerations.

“The nature of the scheme has not necessitated further discussions with the applicant. On this basis it is decided to grant planning permission in accordance with the presumption in favour of sustainable development.”

LancsLive contacted Star Sports for a comment.

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