Child care group targets village for latest development

CBRE’s operational real estate team in Manchester has secured a new development opportunity for nursery group Kids Planet in the heart of Buckshaw Village, Chorley.

The 0.65 acre site is situated within the village centre by KFC and the War Horse Pub fronting Barn Wallis Way.

The proposed 140-child place 6,150 sq ft purpose-built children’s day nursery will benefit from two external playgrounds, 25 car parking spaces, generous drop off/pick up points and landscaped areas. A planning application has been submitted and is awaiting determination by Chorley Borough Council.

Buckshaw Village is conveniently located near to junction eight of the M61 and is situated around two miles to the North of Chorley and forms one of the largest new urban development areas within the UK. It comprises 3,000 homes, a vibrant commercial centre and a vast logistics hub.

Nick Huddleston, associate director at CBRE, said: “We are delighted to have brought Kids Planet on board. Not only is it a fantastic location, but the proposed scheme will offer exceptional facilities in the heart of the village centre, close to Trinity Church Primary School.

“The current shortage of child nursery places in Buckshaw, coupled with the highest quality accommodation on offer, should be extremely popular with parents and local families.”

Kids Planet, which is based in Lymm, Cheshire, forms the third largest nursery operator in the UK with a 52-strong portfolio and provides care to nearly 7,500 children.

It was founded in 2008 by chief executive Clare Roberts and her father John, who is now chairman. It received a £10m investment from the BGF in 2016 and has since trebled its footprint.

Clare Roberts said: “We are extremely excited about bringing Kids Planet to Buckshaw. The new development will offer state-of-the-art facilities in a superb and prominent setting in the village centre.

“We are dedicated in providing the best in children’s day care and enhancing the offering within the local area. Kids Planet continue to be acquisitive for more opportunities and are very much open for business.”