Jobs boost for Lancashire as major new logistics hub given go-ahead
A proposed new logistics and industrial hub in Farington, Lancashire, has been approved by South Ribble Borough Council planning committee.
The scheme, brought forward by Caddick Developments, is expected to bring a "significant economic boost to the region" through the creation of over a thousand jobs
The development will include 612,500sq ft of commercial space, offering a mix of industrial and logistics space with ancillary offices, providing flexibility to accommodate businesses of all types and sizes.
Upon its completion the 40-acre site, located adjacent to Lancashire Business Park, is anticipated to create over 1,000 full-time jobs with a further 460 jobs created in the supply chain, alongside an estimated £66.6m economic output per annum. A further 280 full-time positions are expected to be created during the construction phase.
Steve Widdowson, North West Director of Caddick Developments, commented: "We’re delighted to have received initial approval to bring forward this crucial project, which will contribute to the economic recovery of the region from the COVID-19 pandemic, through the creation of hundreds of local jobs.
"This landmark project offers an attractive proposition to businesses looking to establish themselves in the North West, with excellent access to Central Lancashire, Greater Manchester, and Merseyside. As well as being ideally located on the transport network, the scheme would offer flexible commercial space to suit businesses of all shapes and sizes.
"This site is very well placed to meet the continued demand for developments of this type, size, and location from occupiers looking to be on the M6 Corridor."
Situated in close proximity to the M65, M6 and M61, the site will be placed in the heart of central Lancashire's motorway network, with access to regional and national road networks.
With warehouse and distribution stock levels at an all-time low in the North West, it is believed the development will provide a much-needed boost to supply.
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