Plans submitted for Cuerden employment site

Posted on - 13th September, 2022 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Preston News, Redevelopment, South Ribble News
Lancashire Central Illustrative Development Framework Plan
Lancashire Central Illustrative Development Framework Plan

Proposals have been submitted to develop a major employment site in Central Lancashire, which has the potential to create up to 5,600 full time jobs.


Lancashire County Council and its development partner Maple Grove Developments (part of The Eric Wright Group) have submitted a planning application for the Lancashire Central site at Cuerden.

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This development aims to deliver around 1.7 million sq ft of floor space with economic and employment benefits for the people of Lancashire.

The plans would supply new local employment space for offices, research and development, industrial, storage and distribution uses. They could also include some commercial uses including retail and food and drink outlets, as well as opportunities for a gym and/or crèche, health centre/pharmacy and leisure facilities.

A proposal for 116 homes is included.


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Planners say the new employment floor space with direct access to the motorway network would provide opportunities for both existing businesses to grow, and new businesses to locate and invest in the area.

The proposals would create around 2,400 job opportunities during the construction phases, and up to 5,600 full time job opportunities once operational.

It is also estimated that the increased expenditure due to the development would provide an estimated boost to the local economy of up to £390 million per year.

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County Councillor Aidy Riggott, Cabinet member for economic development and growth, said: “These are exciting proposals for this key strategic employment site in the heart of the county.

“Higher skilled jobs with competitive salaries will boost employment growth and create a quality place to work, live and visit, making a real difference to the lives and wellbeing for people in Lancashire.

“This is an important milestone in the development of the site with the submission of the planning application. The site is regionally significant, vital to the place shaping agenda and delivers economic outcomes for Lancashire.”

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Planners also say wider benefits from the development, which includes a number of sustainability initiatives, would include landscaping and the creation of ecological habitats on the site.

Investment would be made into local infrastructure including roads and pedestrian/cycle route improvements. New walking and cycle routes would connect to existing routes and public rights of way.

Environmental infrastructure, which also supports the health and wellbeing agenda, would include planting and green space, ponds and open drainage features.

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James Scott, development director at Maple Grove, said: “Lancashire Central represents one of the most significant development projects in the North West and, as a Lancashire-based developer, it is a project with which we are immensely proud to be involved.

“We have worked very closely with the county council and key stakeholders, to create a scheme which will benefit the local and regional areas both economically and through job creation and we look forward to working towards a positive outcome at committee, so we can hopefully begin work on the initial infrastructure work later this year.”

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Planners say the multi-million-pound investment is ‘essential’ to Lancashire’s emerging long-term strategy, Lancashire 2050, and also supports both the county’s post Covid-19 recovery and the Government’s Levelling Up agenda

The plans for the site were announced earlier this year, when a public consultation exercise began on the proposals to shape the planning application, which can be viewed on the Lancashire County Council website.

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Detailed planning permission is being sought for site access and a proportion of core green infrastructure and outline planning permission is being sought for all other aspects of the proposals, through a series of parameter plans and a design code, which will collectively guide the future development of the site.

If planning permission is granted, work could begin on the initial infrastructure works later in the year.

More information on the proposals can be found on the Lancashire Central website, or by calling 0800 089 0362 or emailing

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