Preliminary work is beginning on the much anticipated Cuerden Strategic Site which is hoped will bring thousands of jobs to South Ribble, with an economic development mix including a brand new IKEA store.
Engineers have begun preparatory work on the site which is off Wigan Road (A49) near to the end of the M65.
Councillor Peter Mullineaux of South Ribble Council, said:
“It’s fantastic to see work finally starting at Cuerden. Realising the full potential of this important site in our borough has long been an ambition of ours, and watching it now become a reality thanks to City Deal investment, is incredibly exciting.”
“Cuerden will be a huge boost for the people of South Ribble, and it’s important to remember that any short-term disruption during construction will be offset by huge benefits for our residents. These include thousands of new jobs and opportunities, a new IKEA store, and a multi-million pound cash injection into the local economy, which will benefit residents of South Ribble for generations to come.”
Cuerden is the largest employment site within the ambitious Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal Programme, and is central to the delivery of 20,000 new jobs and 17,000 new homes over the lifetime of the programme. Planning permission for the proposed massive development was finally granted last year.
County Councillor Michael Green (pictured), cabinet member for economic development, environment and planning, said: “The development will deliver significant economic benefits, including 4,500 new jobs. It’s an exciting time as work begins to prepare the site for this major development.
“As part of this development, there will be significant new landscaping and tree planting to replace those which need to be removed to enable the construction to take place. This initial work follows extensive ecological and environmental assessment and is required to prepare the site for construction.
“Cuerden has been earmarked as a major new employment site for many years, but the lack of infrastructure to service the site has held back development. The Cuerden development will provide the necessary investment to make this a reality.”
The Cuerden Strategic Site is regarded as a once in a generation opportunity to deliver significant economic and employment benefits for the people of Lancashire.
It’s estimated the scheme will create nearly 7,500 jobs from the start of the construction process to employment at the new development. It comes after the application for the Cuerden Strategic Site in South Ribble was made by Lancashire County Council and Maple Grove Developments, part of the Eric Wright Group, in association with Brookhouse Group, was approved in October.