Plans submitted for 500,000 sq ft big box unit at Farington Park

Caddick Developments has revised its plans for the logistics development at Farington Park near Leyland, submitting proposals for a 500,000 sq ft speculative unit.

Phase 1 of the project would see a single big box unit built, with construction beginning later this year. It would be one of the largest developments of its kind in the region.

Caddick had previously received outline approval on its plans for a 600,000 sq ft logistics hub, but has revised its plans due to 'unprecedented demand' from occupiers.

The scheme includes extensive landscaping and improvements to the footpath that currently runs through the site, to deliver a new cycleway forming part of the Leyland Loop. This will be upgraded in order to form a link between the nearby wider employment sites, as well as the residential communities across the River Lostock.

An eight-acre recreational area is also being created. This will include the opening of a previously culverted river, and extensive planting and ecological improvements designed to assist in flood alleviation plans for the wider region.

The first phase of this development alone is expected to generate nearly 800 jobs once complete, and support another 347 jobs in the supply chain, with 228 jobs created during its construction.

Steve Widdowson, director at Caddick Developments, explained: "We’re pleased to be taking on one of the largest ever projects of this nature in the North West. There’s a huge demand for large units in the area, and the Farington Park development should provide an ideally-located solution for a lot of industrial occupiers.”

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