Decision details

Draft Cuerden Masterplan for Consultation

Decision Maker: Leader of the County Council

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No


The Strategic Regional Investment Site at Cuerden has long been recognised as being capable of stimulating economic growth in Central Lancashire and the wider Lancashire sub region.


The Cuerden site comprises 65 hectares and has the potential to deliver circa 2 million square feet of commercial floor space and more than 2,500 jobs.


The County Council is landowner for 44 hectares of the site, and has been examining the potential for it to influence and accelerate the delivery of the strategic employment aspirations at this location.


South Ribble Borough Council (SRBC), as the Local Planning Authority (LPA) for the site, has planning policy in place for the site. This policy dictates that a Masterplan for the entire site needs to be approved by the LPA prior to any planning applications being considered.


As the majority landowner at Cuerden the County Council recognises that it is well placed to take a leading role in the preparation of a draft Masterplan for Consultation. A draft Masterplan for Consultation has now been prepared, with the support of an external professional consultant team. 


Subject to approval, the Draft Cuerden Masterplan for Consultation will be submitted to SRBC for consideration by its Planning Committee in November 2014. The Masterplan will then be subject to 6 weeks of formal consultation with the Final Cuerden Masterplan for Adoption expected to be considered by SRBC at a Planning Committee in February 2015.



County Councillor Jennifer Mein, the Leader of the County Council:


  1. approved the submission of a Draft Cuerden Masterplan for Consultation to SRBC, and


  1. authorised the Chief Executive and Director of Economic Development, in consultation with the Leader of the County Council, to finalise the Draft Cuerden Masterplan for Consultation to SRBC.


Divisions Affected: Bamber Bridge and Walton-le-Dale; Farington; Leyland Central; Leyland South West; Penwortham North; Penwortham South; South Ribble Rural East; South Ribble Rural West;

Contact: Beckie Joyce Email: Tel: 01772 536617, Martin Kelly Email: Tel: 01772 536197.

Date of decision: 21/10/2014

Effective from: 25/10/2014

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