Business park gets expansion green light

Application: The Places for People office next to Plot 5,000
Application: The Places for People office next to Plot 5,000
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Plans to expand a Bamber Bridge business park have been approved by council bosses.

Places for People applied to South Ribble Council to use a 1.4 hectare plot next to its regional hub in in South Rings Business Park in Craven Drive, for a mixed development together with a health and fitness club.

After planners gave the nod on Wednesday evening, the building work can now begin.

The site, known as Plot 5,000 will include a three-storey 3,112 sqm class B1 office facility, 836 sqm of start-up business units and a 929 sqm health and fitness club, which, along with a proposed conference area, will form the frontage to the site.

Plot 5,000 had already been earmarked as a commercial and employment area when the South Rings complex was first opened. This reserved the area it for offices, non-food retail, employment and leisure uses.

A spokesman for Places for People said: “As a result of the organisation’s continued success, plans have been submitted to expand our regional hub.

“As a major employer in the Preston area, the expansion of the site is an exciting prospect.”

Councillor Mike Otter said: “I’m all for a development like this.

“It means more jobs for the area and it links into the Cuerden development and the new Morrison’s site to be shared with B&Q.

“Hopefully it keeps money in the local economy.”

The development will have 260-car parking spaces, with access from Craven Drive.

Places for People currently has an agreement where staff can use 110 spaces owned by nearby B&Q, but this is arrangement is expected to cease soon because a new Morrison’s store is earmarket for the site.

Places for People is one of the UK’s largest housing providers, owning or managing 143,000 homes.

The firm recently agreed a new £100m finance package with Lloyds Bank to help fund its nationwide regeneration projects.