Development to create new jobs

Photo : Ian Robinson Jeremy Lefton from Roundhouse Properties in Bamber Bridge
Photo : Ian Robinson Jeremy Lefton from Roundhouse Properties in Bamber Bridge
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Scores of businesses could be brought into Lancashire after plans for a £3m industrial development were given the green light.

Roundhouse Properties and construction firm JWS Developments have secured planning permission for a 2.5 acre development on Buckshaw Village in Chorley.

The development will see 35 business units built for small to medium-sized businesses built opposite the Tesco superstore and Matrix industrial park.

The first phase of the development is due to be completed by next spring and bosses behind the scheme claimed it would be attractive proposition to firms due to its flexibility.

Jeremy Lefton, director of Roundhouse Properties, said: “All our developments focus on two themes, flexibility and affordability.

“This approach has proved to be successful as we’ve found that providing tenants with flexible and affordable space, gives them the ability to grow and succeed.

“Momentum Business Centre@Buckshaw operates on this successful model.

“We’ll also be adding another dimension by offering the 35 units through a lease, purchase or combination offering lease purchase - again catering for a small business’ needs.”

In January the firm unveiled plans to create 230 jobs and big-name retailers to Bamber Bridge with a new retail development the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium.

The company said it was planning to demolish buildings on a four-acre industrial site off Cuerden Way, Bamber Bridge and replace it with a number of large units.

Bosses said they were in discussions with a number of major retailers.

Meanwhile last week the Evening Post reported the Greater Manchester Pension Fund had signed a deal to build a £5m office block on the Hill Street car park, off Ringway in Preston.

Bosses behind the scheme have appointed architects to draw up the scheme which it is hoped will kickstart the Central Business District (CBD).