Blackpool FC owner Owen Oyston is aiming to convert a business units site into student accommodation.
Preston Council’s planning committee is to consider plans to convert Oyston Mill Strand Road near the docks home to several businesses including a model shop, fireplaces, gym and picture framing firms.
The plans, submitted by Denwis Ltd – of which owner Owen Oyston, is a director – include 259 bedrooms, a 96-space car park, communal areas, a café, gym, and reception area, as well as external alterations.
A spokesman for the developers said: “Oyston Mill has been largely vacant for many years and the proposed conversion will inject new life into the site.
“The development will increase the range of quality student accommodation available to expand choice and maintain the high standards of the university which is only a 10-minute walk away.”
Interdec Fireplaces has operated from the mill for 32 years. Manager Dave Wilson said: “We’re not sure what’s happening because not a lot is forthcoming.
“I have been here for 30 years; it’s a bit unknown as to where our future lies.”