Local people, organisations and businesses are being asked to have their say on the future design of the next phase of Lomeshaye Industrial Estate.
Pendle Council’s Policy and Resources Committee gave the go ahead to start the six week consultation which will begin on Friday 10 August and run until 5pm on Friday 21 September.
People can give their views on the Development Brief via www.pendle.gov.uk/lomeshayebrief and at Contact Pendle at Number One Market Street, Nelson and at Nelson, Barrowford and Brierfield Libraries.
“Lomeshaye is one of East Lancashire’s largest employment sites and the extension will help provide over a thousand jobs for local people,” explained Councillor Paul White, Leader of Pendle Council.
“Expanding Lomeshaye is a vital part of our 15 year Local Plan,” he explained.
“It will give Pendle businesses a place to grow and expand and will make Pendle more attractive to new businesses from outside the area,” he said
“Supporting the local economy is a top priority for us, but we want to do this in a way which is sensitive to the environment and which makes the Lomeshaye extension a great place to work in.
“That’s why we’re encouraging people to comment on the Development Brief and give us their ideas,” he said.
Neil Watson, Planning Manager for Pendle Council, explained: “Our Local Plan, including the expansion of Lomeshaye, has already been approved by an independent inspector appointed by the Government’s Secretary of State.
“The Plan was developed through a long period of public consultation,” he said.
Parish Councils near the site along with Pendle Council’s Area Committees in Barrowford, Brierfield and Nelson will also be consulted.
“What we want people to comment on is the best way to develop the next phase in a way which takes into account the site’s character including the landscape around it,” Neil stated.
Plans for Lomeshaye include:
• A high quality landscaping scheme which incorporates natural features
• Walking and cycling routes for healthy and sustainable travel to and from work on
• Good transport access.
Councillor Paul White added: “Our plans for extending our Lomeshaye employment site have the financial backing of the Lancashire Enterprise Partnership which has helped us draw investment from the Government’s multi-million Growth Deal funding.
“This is part of a wider strategy which links to the improvements to junctions on the M65 leading to Lomeshaye and to our flagship project Northlight, in Brierfield.
“It’s all linked and designed to make Pendle better connected, with more jobs and better future prospects,” he said.