Business park plan returns

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Plans for a massive business park in Preston are back on the table.

Permission was granted in 2009 for an employment area on a 17 hectare site at Bluebell Way, but the development was halted because of the recession.

Now an application has been lodged to extend the time limit on the plans, which expired last week.

Outline plans were approved for a development on an area of land on Preston East Employment Area, with industrial and warehouse uses, which were expected to provide up to 1,000 jobs.

If the new application is approved, the development is likely to take place in phases although there are no indications of when it may start.

A spokesman for GVA, representing applicants Greater Manchester Property Venture Fund, said: “This planning application is simply to extend the time limit within which the applicant can implement the proposed development.

“The proposals for employment development remain unaltered from what has previously been approved at Preston East.

“Importantly, the highways improvements, required as part of the original outline planning permission, have already been undertaken.”

County Coun Keith Sedgewick, who represents Preston North East, said he supported the development, as long as the infrastructure was in place.

He said: “I would be supportive of the business on the back of the fact that there seems to have been a lot of preparation work gone into it, and they seem to have approached it in the proper sense.

“They have considered the local private housing around and the residents, and also I think it’s a big plus with the cycle ways and how it is linked in, because it keeps a lot of traffic off the road.”