Action groups wants to ‘limit scope’ of huge employment site

The masterplan document for the Cuerden Strategic Site sets out a vision to create 'high-quality' employment on the 65-hectare site bordering Stanifield Lane in Farington and Lostock Lane near St Catherine's Hospice in Lostock Hall
The masterplan document for the Cuerden Strategic Site sets out a vision to create 'high-quality' employment on the 65-hectare site bordering Stanifield Lane in Farington and Lostock Lane near St Catherine's Hospice in Lostock Hall
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A new action group hoping to limit the scope of the proposed Cuerden Strategic Site doesn’t want to see ‘another souless industrial park’.

South Ribble Council has launched a public consultation over plans for the 65 hectare site at the end of the M65 between Lostock Hall and Leyland, that could create up to 2,500 jobs through a mixture of commerce, industrial and leisure developments.

Now people living nearby have launched the Limit Cuerden campaign, and are asking others to raise their concerns before it’s too late.

John Jones, of the campaign, said: “The development can’t be stopped, it’s always been earmarked and now it’s going to be adopted into the 10 year development plan, but we can influence it.

“What concerns us is that at the moment, the area is all green fields, hedgerows, trees and ponds, and a lot of that greenery will go.

“We want to see some of it retained, rather than this becoming another souless industrial park. We need to retain the character of the area.”

Mr Jones is also concerned that the road infrastructure around the site is not sufficient to withstand additional traffic, and that new retail developments could negatively impact upon nearby Lostock Hall, Leyland and Bamber Bridge.

He added: “We’re not against job creation, but we need to make sure that the development is in sync with local villages rather than in competition with them.

“People may not agree with everything we say, but now is the time to speak out.”

The draft masterplan and other consultation documents are available to view and online feedback forms are available at www.southribble.gov.uk/cuerden.

There will be a permanent display at the Civic Centre in West Paddock, Leyland, throughout the consultation period, which will last until December 19, and special drop-in events will be held on Thursday, November 27 at St Gerard’s Parochial Centre in Lostock Hall, and on Tuesday, December 2 at St Saviour’s Church Parish Rooms in Bamber Bridge, both from 3pm until 7pm.