Plans to build a digital health park in Chorley have been given the go ahead.
Chorley Council’s development control committee approved an outline planning application for the proposed scheme on land known as Strawberry Fields, on Euxton Lane.
It would be a hub for Lancashire and the wider area, providing offices and other facilities suitable for companies looking at how new technology can be used in healthcare.
The scheme includes a care home and a specialist care facility, a convenience store, family pub, light industrial units and up to 125 homes.
A total of 700 jobs are expected to be created.
Seven letters objecting to the development were submitted and concerns were raised at the committee meeting by an Astley Village resident about the impact on traffic and road safety in the area.
“This is an exciting scheme for Chorley that offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of the UK’s emerging digital health sector.”Ken Whitaker
And bosses at nearby Derian House children’s hospice had formally objected, worried about increased traffic, pollution and noise.
But the development control committee voted in favour of the plans, with nine votes in favour and six against.
Afterwards, Ken Whitaker, from Euxton Lane Developments Ltd, said: “This is an exciting scheme for Chorley that offers the opportunity to be at the forefront of the UK’s emerging digital health sector.
“In approving this application, members have taken the first step in securing a major investment into the town that will create hundreds of new jobs.
“We look forward to working with Chorley Council and the local community to deliver these plans.”
A detailed planning application is expected to be submitted in the next few months, before work starts on the site.