Caddick Developments has opened a consultation on proposals to build a series of industrial units on a 55-acre site next to Lancashire Business Park in South Ribble, and aims to submit a planning application this autumn.
The developer wants to transform the historic landfill site in Farington to deliver what it describes as a “significant commercial development” that would create around 800 jobs, boosting the local economy.
The South Ribble Local Plan identifies the site as the borough’s largest single employment land allocation, accounting for 64% of the total allocated supply of new employment land, according to Caddick.
The 612,000 sq ft project aims to provide industrial, storage and distribution space of varying sizes.
The proposals come at a time of especially high demand for industrial space, according to a report last month by consultancy Savills.
Under Caddick’s plans, the industrial units would be integrated with 11 acres of public open space and enhanced green infrastructure.
NJL Consulting is the planning consultant for the project.
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.
“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.”