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Huge employment site proposed for Whitebirk

Huge employment site proposed for Whitebirk

from: David Sharpe

I am delighted to hear the news, announced by Insider Media of a proposed development of more than 1m square feet of landmark scheme which will include manufacturing, industrial and warehouse space, offices, a hotel, food outlets and leisure facilities, all sited at Whitebirk.

A public exhibition will take place at the Red Lion Public House on Whitebirk Road in Blackburn on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 between midday and 8pm.

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By Richard Frost, Senior Digital Staff Writer

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Plans have been unveiled to create a major new employment site at Whitebirk, a suburb in the east of Blackburn, spanning more than 1 million sq ft.

The landmark scheme will include manufacturing, industrial and warehouse space, offices, a hotel, food outlets and leisure facilities.

The 89-acre Whitebirk site at Blackburn Road in Knuzen, which is located next to junction 6 of the M65, has been designated as a strategic regional employment site. Commercial property investor Praxis wants to establish a mixed-use development comprising 1.05 million sq ft of buildings.

In total, there would be 990,280 sq ft of advanced manufacturing, industrial and warehousing development across four development plots along with 49,514 sq ft of offices. There would also be a hotel and supporting food and leisure facilities.

The principle road access would be from the A678 Burnley Road roundabout with a secondary access from the A679 Blackburn Road.

Praxis’ proposals will be outlined in full during a drop-in public exhibition.

Gabriel McLaughlin, director and head of asset management at Praxis, said: “Against the backdrop of a tough economic environment, we are developing plans for a mixed-employment development site that will act as a major boost to the local economy with the creation of up to 2,000 jobs of significant benefit to the local community.

“We are keen to ensure that the local community has the opportunity to comment on the scheme to help develop something we’re all proud of and that fulfil our objectives of attracting inward investment and creating a range of jobs for the area.”

The public exhibition will take place at the Red Lion Public House on Whitebirk Road in Blackburn on Tuesday, 24 February 2015 between midday and 8pm.


Article by
Richard Frost

T: 0844 980 0192
E: Richard.Frost@newsco.com

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