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New homes and Lidl supermarket plan for former Vernon Carus factory site

Posted on - 25th May, 2020 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Housing, Lostock Hall, Penwortham, Politics, Preston News, Redevelopment
The former Vernon Carus factory in Penwortham Pic: Tony Worrall
The former Vernon Carus factory in Penwortham Pic: Tony Worrall

A latest plan to demolish the former Vernon Carus factory and build new homes and a supermarket in its place are due to come forward.

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Trafford Housing Trust has taken on the site and wants to build a total of 322 homes across the 60-acre site in Penwortham, South Ribble.

Bovis Homes had previously secured permission in 2017 for 385 new homes and there was also an application in 2015 for 650 new homes in conjunction with the former Lostock Hall gas works site.

The area, known as Penwortham Mills, runs between Leyland Road, Factory Lane and new road The Cawsey (Cross Borough Link Road).

A proposed aerial view of the Penwortham Mills site
A proposed aerial view of the Penwortham Mills site

An initial planning application is due to go in this summer for 120 of the new homes and a Lidl supermarket.

Senior commercial manager at Trafford Housing Trust, Fred Crawshaw, said: “We will be submitting a joint planning application with Lidl in the summer of 2020, so this is a great opportunity for people to see and comment on our plans. If we get planning permission we intend to be on-site early in the new year.

“Trafford Housing Trust is committed to bringing forward affordable housing in South Ribble and across the North West as we continue to tackle the current housing crisis. Around half of the new homes at Penwortham Mill will be available for affordable rent and shared ownership.”

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The Lidl store would be 1,256 square metres and would create up to 40 new jobs.

How the Lidl store in Penwortham could look
How the Lidl store in Penwortham could look

Regional head of property for Lidl GB, Stuart Jardine, said: “We are extremely excited about the prospect of opening a Lidl at Penwortham Mill and serving our fresh, quality and incredibly good value produce which shoppers across the country have come to love. We look forward to showcasing the plans online and answering any questions the public might have.”

The Lidl store would be accessed from a new junction off The Cawsey.

Vernon Carus left the factory site in 2006, moving to a new premises on a nearby industrial park, leaving the building to turn derelict.

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The full proposed plans can be viewed via the Trafford Housing Trust website.

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