Cuerden development could create 4,500 jobs

Cuerden development could create 4,500 jobs

A major commercial development at the end of the M65 could create up to 4,500 jobs if plans are given the green light.

The Cuerden masterplan, which has been drawn up by Lancashire County Council, aims to create thousands of high-quality jobs on the 65-hectare site, through a mix of commercial, industrial and leisure use.

Lancashire County Council and its development partners Eric Wright Group and Brookhouse Group are running a public consultation on the plans, starting with public exhibitions next week, in advance of a planning application being submitted.

The development is one of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal's major projects and has the potential to generate significant economic and employment benefits for the area, including:

  • The creation of more than 4,500 new jobs.
  • 80,000 sq m of new industrial space, comprising of a range of separate units with ancillary offices.
  • A further circa 26,000 sq m of new office and business space, including a range of individual units.
  • Enabling retail development, including a new IKEA and up to fivelarge format units for national retailers.
  • Mixed use development to include a 120-bedroom hotel with leisure/gym facilities, car showrooms, family pub and restaurants.
  • Up to 210 new homes.
  • Green infrastructure and landscaping for people walking, living on and visiting the site.
  • Significant highways improvements on the local road network, along with new public transport provision.
  • New pedestrian, cycling and jogging paths throughout the site, linking to other places such as Cuerden Valley Park.

Speaking about the project, Jennifer Mein, leader of Lancashire County Council, said: "This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to deliver a development that will bring economic and employment benefits for the whole of the county. Situated at the start of the M65 and minutes from the M6 and the M61, the site could not be better placed. 

"This development is a key part of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal and shows just how it will bring jobs and prosperity to the area. I'd urge local people to have their say on this ambitious project through the public consultation."

Public exhibition events are being held next week, as follows:

  • Thursday 17 November – South Ribble Borough Council offices, Banqueting Suite, Leyland  – 2pm-8pm
  • Friday18 November– St Catherine’s Hospice, Garden Room, Cuerden – 2pm-8pm
  • Saturday 19 November – The Harris, Rotunda Area,  Preston – 10am-4pm


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