Development proposed for popular South Ribble dog-walking spot - but some open space would remain

Plans have been unveiled for a major new commercial development on an historical landfill site in Farington, which is now popular with local dog walkers.

Thursday, 20th August 2020, 3:03 pm
Updated Thursday, 20th August 2020, 8:46 pm
The proposed development site on land next to the Lancashire Business Park (image: Google, modified by Caddick Developments)

Caddick Developments, the company behind the bid, says that a “very significant area of open space” would be maintained as part of the scheme, which is proposed for land next to the existing Lancashire Business Park.

The firm also claims that the plans will create more than 800 jobs once the development is completed and around 400 construction jobs while it is being built.

Residents are being invited to have their say on the proposals as part of a pre-application consultation being carried out by Caddick prior to them submitting a formal request for planning permission to South Ribble Borough Council.

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According to a website set up to inform locals of the plans, the 55-acre development would offer space for a mix of general industrial businesses and those classed as specialising in storage or distribution.

The plot has already been earmarked for employment use as part of South Ribble’s local plan – but individual proposals for the site still require permission from the council. The land makes up almost two thirds of that currently reserved for employment purposes in the borough.

The area is not within the green belt – however, it does represent an accessible patch of open space within the borough.

Caddick Developments has said that around 15 percent of the plot will be retained for this use – and improved upon.

“We are aware that parts of the site are used by the local community, for example dog walkers – and therefore the proposals include a very significant area of open space of approximately 11.1 acres within a wider network of improved green infrastructure,” the consultation website states.

“We also propose improving the existing poorer quality pedestrian routes and providing new links through the site, as the existing routes are inaccessible to many and largely comprise muddy tracks with overgrown vegetation.

“These improvements will increase the safety of the area and enable year-round accessibility, ensuring that those who currently use the area can continue to do so, while also widening access to a greater number of people,” it adds.

The primary access point for the development is proposed to be taken from the A582 via Sustainability Way, with a secondary entrance from Centurion Way.

The plans state that traffic will be encouraged to approach the site from the north, via junction 29 of the M6, to avoid adding to congestion around Leyland.

Discussions with potential tenants are described as “ongoing”, but no details have been released about any specific businesses that may be considering a move to the site.

Residents can view the plans and make comments via: faringtonemploymentland.co.uk

Steve Widdowson, North West Director of Caddick Developments said: “We’re delighted to be bringing forward these plans to establish a new commercial destination in Central Lancashire, which would create hundreds of local jobs and provide a significant economic boost to the area.

“The site, which has been allocated for commercial development in the South Ribble Local Plan, is perfectly situated on the transport network, making it an attractive location for businesses seeking to establish themselves in Central Lancashire.

“Drawing upon our 40 years of experience in developing commercial projects, we are well-placed to deliver an economically attractive site which is beneficial for the whole community. This landmark project will go some way to meeting an increased demand for developments of this size and type, as well as providing much-needed new jobs.

“As a responsible developer and member of the community, we’re inviting local residents and businesses to participate in our ongoing consultation and provide feedback on our proposals which will shape any future development.”