Plans submitted for 600,000 sq ft logistics hub in Farington

Caddick Developments has submitted plans for a new logistics and industrial hub in Farington which could create more than 1,000 jobs.

The 40-acre site is located adjacent to Lancashire Business Park, by Junction 29 of the M6 and Junction 9 of the M65.

The development would include 612,500 sq ft of commercial space, offering a mix of industrial and logistics space with ancillary offices. Proposals include a range of unit sizes to suit a range of businesses including big-box distribution units, mid-box production and warehousing, as well as smaller units for local businesses.

It is anticipated that it will facilitate the creation of around 830 full-time equivalent jobs upon its completion. A further 420 full-time equivalent positions are expected to be created during the construction phase. 

The site is allocated for development in the South Ribble Local Plan, marking it as the largest employment allocation within the borough. An outline planning application for industrial space has already been granted in 2017.

Steve Widdowson, North West director of Caddick Developments, said: "Our proposed development on Farington Park offers an attractive proposition to businesses looking to establish themselves in Central Lancashire and on the northern edges of the Greater Manchester and Merseyside conurbations. As well as being ideally located on the transport network, the scheme would offer flexible commercial space to suit businesses of all shapes and sizes.

"Granted planning permission, this landmark project would make a key intervention into meeting the increased regional demand for developments of this size and type. In turn, our proposals would provide a significant economic boost to the community and create hundreds of local jobs."

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