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Bamber Bridge’s £4million economy boost and 100 new jobs

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Bamber Bridge is set to be the home of a major boost to the local economy as plans to revamp a ‘tired’ industrial estate could bring in more jobs for the area.

Old Mill Industrial Estate off School Lane is a long-established employment site that currently offers the space for multi-let employment since the 19th century.

Despite still functioning as a well used employment unit, ares within the unit aren’t used a frequently as they once were meaning there is now a lot of underused buildings which remain on the site.

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Planning agents Aylward Town Planning Ltd have now submitted an application, on behalf of Stenprop Industrials 6 Ltd, to demolish and replace buildings on the site.

Plans set out the details to redevelop the area of existing tired buildings and other land to provide modern format flexible employment units that aim to bring 100 jobs into the area.

If those plans are approved by South Ribble Borough Council, the older, less used buildings will be demolished to make way for the new units which include 44 units across seven blocks.



Proposed plans for the new blocks to be built in Old Mill Industrial Estate
Proposed plans for the new blocks to be built in Old Mill Industrial Estate

In addition to the units themselves, 132 parking spaces with accessible bays and bicycle parking will be included as well as EV-electrical charging ports for vehicles.

Buildings which currently remain in the industrial estate are of mixed quality- the buildings considered for demolition and replacement are considered to be in very poor condition and well beyond their economic life.

This new development looks to revitalise and modernise the current units to help encourage more business and fill in the current gap in the market.

It is hoped that the new facilities will be of a higher quality in terms of the buildings themselves but will provide better facilities for staff including cycle shelters and external seating and other amenities where feasible.

Planning agents have explored the potential for employment and economic benefits with this proposal and have stated in the application: “The proposals will help to create approximately 100 net additional jobs. Although not all the work opportunities can be expected to be felt within the immediate local community, the proposals will increase the level of employment in the area.

“The proposals will result in a boost of around £3.8m to the local economy per annum as a result of the new jobs created and safeguarded and additional business rates payable on the units.”

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