Burnley scheme included as council hopes for all-clear

Burnley Bridge South, part of Eshton’s industrial parks cluster at junction 9 of the M65, has been allocated as employment land in a Local Plan the council hopes to adopt this summer.

Eshton said that to date, the three-phase development has brought £50m investment into Burnley, and that the a further 1,300 jobs could be created at the development.

The two existing schemes, Burnley Bridge and Titanium Park, together span 80 acres, with 735,000 sq ft of industrial and logistics space occupied and room for a further 135,000 sq ft.

Burnley Bridge South is to provide a similar mix of space, with the indicative plans showing units totalling 600,000 sq ft at the site, which lies adjacent to the A679 Accrington Road,

James Chapman, managing director of Eshton, said: “Burnley Bridge South forms part of our vision to expand Burnley’s business park presence and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to investing in Burnley.

“Our strategy of continued growth is on track and we’re confident that the next 12 months will bring further significant milestones for the business park and Burnley.’’

The Local Plan was submitted to the Secretary of State in July 2017. A Planning Inspector reported back in November with a set of proposed modifications. Of these, the recommendations for employment land for the borough in the period 2012-2032 are for a minimum of 163 acres, with the council stating that it intends to make provision for 222 acres of employment land, with Vision Park and land south of Network 65 also among the list.

The council’s proposed modifications went out for public consultation in March, with feedback invited until 27 April.

Burnley Council leader Mark Townsend said: ‘’We are waiting to hear from the planning inspector on final approvals and we hope to adopt the Local Plan over the summer. It is good news for Burnley that Eshton plan to take this site forward.

‘’We have confidence in them to deliver a quality development following the success of their previous business park development Burnley Bridge which has created hundreds of new jobs for the town.’’

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