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New plans for Cuerden site announced

New plans for the Cuerden site have been announced. Photo: Lancashire County Council

Development proposals focusing on the use of high-quality jobs and likely to create around 2,000 jobs have been announced.


The plans for the Lancashire Central site in Cuerden are drawn up by Lancashire County Council and its development partner Maple Grove Developments (part of the Eric Wright Group) and represent a new and updated view of the site.

Site plans have been announced and people are invited to give feedback on the latest proposals to shape the final planning application.

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Residents who live near the site will be contacted to inform them of the plans and how they can provide feedback.

The site aims to provide significant economic and employment benefits to the people of Lancashire.

Proposals include:

  • The generation of hundreds of employment opportunities during the construction phase of the development and the creation of approximately 1,900 employment opportunities once operational, including a wide range of positions, including more skilled jobs.
  • The delivery of new employment areas on a key strategic development site with direct access to the motorway network, providing opportunities for existing businesses to grow and prosper, and attracting new businesses to the area.
  • Provision for other commercial uses which will support the wider employment function of the area.
  • The provision of 116 additional homes, contributing to the supply of new homes and giving a significant boost to the local economy thanks to an increase in spending in the territory.
  • Significant investments in infrastructure, including highways, pedestrian/cycling routes, improved public transport.
  • Environmental infrastructure, which also supports the health and wellness program, including planting and green spaces, ponds and open drainage features.
  • A design that will include a number of sustainability initiatives.
  • A multi-million pound investment which is key to Lancashire’s emerging long-term strategy, Lancashire 2050, and which will also support the county’s recovery from Covid-19 and the government’s upgrade program
    Wider benefits will flow from the development, including extensive landscaping and tree planting, as well as the creation of ecological habitats on the site.

New pedestrian and cycle paths will connect to existing roads and public rights of way.

Steve Burns, Strategic Development Manager at Lancashire County Council, said: “These are exciting proposals for this key strategic employment site in the heart of the county.

“This would create thousands of jobs, both during construction and after completion, and is a significant opportunity for local skills development opportunities and social value.

“The site is regionally significant, vital to the place-making agenda and delivers economic results for Lancashire.”

Karen Hirst of Maple Grove Developments said: “We are very proud to offer this important site as a developer partner of Lancashire County Council which will provide significant employment opportunities in Lancashire.

“This is a key project for Maple Grove and the Eric Wright Group, which we are looking forward to completing, not least because it is one of the closest projects to our headquarters here in the Lancashire.”

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A planning application should be filed in the coming weeks. Detailed planning permission will be requested for access to the site and a proportion of basic green infrastructure and outline planning permission will be requested for all other aspects of the proposals across a range of parameters that will guide future development of the site.

Proposals will divide the site into a series of smaller development plots, defining the intended use and scale of development for each plot. Detailed development proposals for each plot will follow a series of separate requests for ‘reserved materials’.

If planning permission is granted, and depending on the planning and development process, initial infrastructure works could begin later this year.

The development will be phased with a proportion of employment spaces and some businesses and residences likely to come first, along with the necessary road works on and off site and the provision of green infrastructure.

More information about the proposals can be found online at

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