Plans submitted for speculative logistics scheme capable of supporting 800 jobs

Plans for the Farington scheme

Proposals for one of the biggest logistics schemes in the North West, which could support 800 jobs and 228 during construction, have been submitted.

With unprecedented demand for big box units and a lack of supply in the North West, Caddick Developments has submitted detailed plans for its Farington Park project, situated in Leyland with direct links to M6, M65 and M61.

Following on from outline approval for the scheme in January 2021, enquiries from potential occupiers have led to the submission of this market-facing proposal.

Steve Widdowson, director at Caddick Developments and head of the Manchester office, said: “We’re pleased to be taking on one of the largest ever projects of this nature in the North West.

“There’s a huge demand for large units in the area, and the Farington Park development should provide an ideally-located solution for a lot of industrial occupiers.”

Caddick Group is working closely with partners to deliver this big box project, including industrial and logistics specialist KPP, planning consultants NJL, JPG engineers, Urban Green Environmental consultants, CWC MEP, Henry Riley cost consultants and Box Clever project management.

The agents for the project are Rob Taylor at Cushman & Wakefield, and Sam Royle at Knight Frank.

The scheme includes extensive landscaping and improvements to the footpath that currently runs through the site, to deliver a new cycleway forming part of the Leyland Loop.

This will be upgraded to form a link between the nearby wider employment sites, as well as the residential communities across the River Lostock.

An eight-acre recreational area is also being created. This will include the opening of a previously culverted river, and extensive planting and ecological improvements designed to assist in flood alleviation plans for the wider region.

The first phase of this development alone is expected to generate nearly 800 jobs once complete, and support another 347 jobs in the supply chain, with 228 jobs created during its construction.

Myles Hartley, managing director of Caddick Developments, said: “Our vast experience in the logistics sector and integrated construction expertise means we can deliver quickly and with certainty in what is currently a challenging procurement market.

“Occupiers and funders are very attracted to our delivery model.”