£3m Lomeshaye expansion plans approved
The government’s planning inspector has given the green light to Pendle Council's plans to expand Lomeshaye Industrial Estate, which could create 500 new jobs.
The council may now purchase land adjacent to the existing 40 hectare employment site, using a compulsory purchase order.
Home to around 100 businesses employing 4,000 people, the current site is one of the region's largest employment sites and plays a key role in a new strategic corridor for economic growth.
Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council, said: “This is huge news for Pendle. We shouldn’t underestimate how transformational this could be for our borough.
“Lomeshaye has been operating at virtually full capacity and this land is key to bringing inward investment which will lead to more jobs in our area.
“We made a commitment to ensure that we open up additional employment land and this will do exactly that. It could mean up to 500 more jobs in our local area."
Paul added: “With this extension, we will be able to create the space to allow Pendle businesses to expand and to attract new businesses to our Borough, both of which will mean extra jobs for local people.”
We shouldn’t underestimate how transformational this could be for our borough
Pendle Council has been working for a number of years to extend the successful business park and create jobs, support businesses and encourage growth.
Work will now begin this summmer.
Dean Langton, chief executive of Pendle Council, said: “By working in partnership, we have secured £1.5m of funding from Lancashire County Council to support the delivery of the proposed Phase 1 Extension to the existing Lomeshaye Industrial Estate.
“And their funding will be matched with £1.5m of investment from Pendle Council.”
This is a highly successful business location and its planned expansion provides a focus for continued investment.
County councillor Michael Green, Lancashire County Council's cabinet member for economic development and planning, said: “Lancashire County Council recognises the important contribution which the extension of Lomeshaye could make to economic growth and productivity within the county.
"This is a highly successful business location and its planned expansion provides a focus for continued investment and growth in east Lancashire."
Councillor Paul White added: “This is part of a wider strategy which links to the improvements to junctions 12 on the M65 leading to Lomeshaye and to our flagship project Northlight, in Brierfield.
“And it’s connected to improvements at junction 13 in Nelson which has already led to economic benefits, with a number of Pendle businesses expanding there and a new petrol station development.
“It’s all designed to make Pendle better connected, with more jobs and better future prospects, it’s great news not just for Pendle but for the whole of Pennine Lancashire."