News: 4 October 2017Planning permission gained for major commercial, industrial and...

Our Planning team has secured planning permission for a major new commercial, industrial and housing scheme with the potential to create 4,600 (FTE) jobs from South Ribble Borough Council.

As part of the application our team provided detailed advice on retail matters for the 70-hectare project that is being delivered by Lancashire County Council and their developer partners Eric Wright Group, in association with Brookhouse Group.

The development, which will bring an Ikea to the area and is adjacent to the M65 motorway south of Preston, has the potential to generate significant economic as well as employment benefits for the area. It will also contribute £241 million (gross) per year to the Central Lancashire economy including: 

  • Creation of more than 4,600 new Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs at the site in addition to 2,900 (FTE) jobs created during construction
  • 80,000 sq m of new industrial space, comprising of a range of separate units with ancillary offices
  • A further circa 26,000 sq m of new office and business space, including a range of individual units
  • 70,000 sq m of enabling retail development, including a new IKEA and up to five large format units for national retailers
  • Mixed use development to include a 120-bedroom hotel with leisure/gym facilities, car showrooms, family pub and restaurants
  • Up to 210 new homes
  • Green infrastructure and landscaping for people walking, living on and visiting the site
  • Significant highways improvements on the local road network, along with new public transport provision
  • New pedestrian, cycling and jogging paths throughout the site, linking to other places such as Cuerden Valley Park. 


Paul Newton, Partner at Barton Willmore, said: “The granting of permission by South Ribble Borough Council to allow the development of this 70-hectare site is a significant step forward in delivering a dynamic, sustainable, premium employment-led development that has the potential to generate significant economic and wider benefits in Central Lancashire.”

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