On the way to the old Leyland test track is a drive-through restaurant, gas station and commercial area


The outlets, whose operators are not yet known, form the latest part of the new development of the extensive property.

The South Ribble Borough Council Planning Committee has given the rough approval for the facilities and given the green light to the details of the previously approved business park plans.

Work is currently underway to construct the first phase of up to 950 apartments elsewhere on the site, with these properties having received the green light back in November 2019.

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The gas station and drive-through will be east of the development and accessible from the Titan Way, with Graeme Thorpe, the agent for the application, describing them as “complementary” to the overall test track plan.

The commercial aspect of the permit calls for a total of 70 units for “light industrial” use on two separate lots – 50 on a section known as Lower Titan, which will have the same access as the gas station and drive-thru, and 20 on what is Upper Titan, for which a new Aston Way entry point will be opened.

Mr Thorpe said at the Planning Committee meeting that “a large number” of companies had already signed up for the units, which he said would “help support the local economy, provide valuable space for local businesses to grow and create.” of employment growth would contribute to the municipality”.

He added: “[With] Buffer landscape proposed along the southern and western boundaries to separate the site from future residential phases…the proposed development will be read as an extension of the Moss Side industrial area.”

Plans for an intervening lot, which lies between the two approved industrial parks, are being advanced at a late stage, councilors have been told.

Committee member Phil Smith said the vision for the decommissioned site – which was last in regular use in 2005 – has always been based on the principle that “just building houses is not good enough”.

“At the same time, we had to create jobs – and that’s exactly what it’s doing.”

The industrial buildings will be just over seven to just over nine meters tall and will all be of a similar design, with a mix of glazed sections and gray cladding.

Each unit has been allocated between two and nine parking spaces, depending on its size, while bicycle parking spaces are shared between groups of buildings.

The five-year promotion of bus transport for the area, which is required as part of the residential development, will only be triggered when the 50th property is occupied.

However, Lancashire County Council motorway officials concluded that if the industrial units were completed before that date, the existing 112 bus service would be “suitable and able to service development in the meantime” according to a report presented to committee members became.


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