Digital health park plan could create 700 jobs in Chorley

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A GROUND-BREAKING digital health park could be created as part of a new development of businesses, care facilities and houses on land in Chorley.

Euxton Lane Developments Ltd have put together plans for a site known locally as Strawberry Fields, off Euxton Lane.

The digital health park would be a hub for Lancashire and the wider area, providing offices and other facilities suitable for companies looking at how new technology can be used in healthcare.

The proposals also include a care home and a specialist care facility, a convenience store, family pub and light industrial units.

A total of 700 jobs are expected to be created.

There would also be up to 125 homes, of which 35 would be affordable.

The land was marked for commercial use by Chorley Council, despite objections from people living nearby.

Ken Whitaker, from Euxton Lane Developments Ltd, said: “Having considered the views of the members of the public who responded to our original consultation, we have worked closely with Chorley Council to develop a health-led proposal for the site.

“We are not proposing any large warehouse-style buildings and instead have looked at smaller, more specialist uses that link into the nearby hospital.

“This proposal is a great opportunity to put Chorley at the forefront of the digital health sector, a growing global industry that is set to become a significant part of medical delivery in the North West region.

“We are also able to deliver many other important benefits to the area including hundreds of jobs, new housing, and leisure and shopping facilities.”

A public consultation event is being held on Saturday, February 14 for people to find out more about the proposals and have their say.

It will run from 11am to 3pm at Astley Village Community Centre.

Information and a feedback form will also be put online at www.euxtonlane.co.uk at the same time for people unable to attend the event.

An outline planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of March.