Green light for major employment hub

Green light for major employment hub

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Ben Butler
Green light for major employment hub

Caddick Developments has had plans approved for its major employment hub in Lancashire, set to create more than 1,000 jobs.

The first phase of the development at Farington Park, situated in Leyland with direct links to M6, M65 and M61, will be a single unit of 544,000 sq ft.

It is expected to generate 600 jobs during construction and more than 1,000 jobs for the area once operational, signalling major new investment.

A range of environmental initiatives are also being progressed as a part of the scheme. These include an eight-acre recreational area, the naturalisation of a previously culverted river, planting of more than 500 trees and ecological improvements designed to assist in flood alleviation plans for the wider region.

The scheme includes extensive landscaping and community improvement initiatives, including the implementation of a new cycleway forming part of the Leyland Loop. This will be upgraded to form a link between the nearby wider employment sites, as well as the residential communities across the River Lostock.

Steve Widdowson, head of Caddick Developments in the North West, said: "The scale of new jobs in the area created by the scheme – both during construction and operation – will be a huge benefit to the local economy, whilst addressing the acute requirement for industrial and logistics space in the North West.

"This BREEAM Excellent project will return brownfield land to use, providing jobs and environmental improvements for the area. We look forward to continuing our work with local partners to bring the scheme forward."

The agents for the project are Rob Taylor at Cushman & Wakefield, and Sam Royle at Knight Frank.

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