Building work has started on a new commercial quarter in Buckshaw Village.
The 12-acre development, which will be made up of eight shops, 30 apartments, and office space, is opposite the Tesco store on Ordnance Road.
The shops will include an estate agent, Indian takeaway, and an Italian restaurant.
Neal Dale, development manager for Henry Davidson Developments, which is carrying out the works with property consultants Eckersley, said: “We are delighted to have started work on site with the first retail parade.”
He said the interest from businesses was down to the transport links which connects Buckshaw Village with other areas.
He said: “Strong occupier demand is being shown in Buckshaw Village, with its mix of residential and commercial properties and excellent transportation links. It is an attractive proposition for retailers.”
The first phase of the development is expected to be finished in May next year.
It will form the central hub of Buckshaw Village, between the newly opened Buckshaw Parkway Railway Station, and the 3,000 homes built on Buckshaw Village to date.
It comes as it was announced plans for a £3m industrial development were given the green light.
Roundhouse Properties and construction firm JWS Developments have secured planning permission for a 2.5 acre development which will house 35 business units built for small to medium-sized businesses.
It is expected that the 80,000 sq ft business park opposite the commercial quarter will eventually house a workforce of around 9,000 people.
The first phase of that development is due to be completed by next spring.
Jeremy Lefton, director of Roundhouse Properties, said: “All our developments focus on two themes, flexibility and affordability. This approach has proved to be successful as we’ve found that providing tenants with flexible and affordable space, gives them the ability to grow and succeed.
“We’ll also be adding another dimension by offering the 35 units through a lease, purchase or combination offering lease purchase - again catering for a small businesses.”
In January the firm unveiled plans to create 230 jobs and big-name retailers to Bamber Bridge with a new retail development the size of the pitch at Wembley Stadium.