Proposals to build a regional centre for ground-breaking digital health care in Chorley have moved a step closer to becoming a reality.
A planning application has been submitted to Chorley Council for a digital health park on land off Euxton Lane, known locally as Strawberry Fields.
It would be a business hub employing hundreds of highly-skilled IT and health-related workers in a mixture of office and data centre space.
Businesses ranging from individual start-ups to high-tech global companies would develop the digital products and services needed in the health sector as it shifts to a more technologically-advanced way of working.
They would look at how technology can be used to improve clinical research, patient treatment, prescription management and more.
The proposals for a regional digital health park were developed after discussions between Euxton Lane Developments Ltd, Chorley Council, North West Coast Academic Health Sciences Network and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals Trust.
There are also plans for a care home for elderly residents, light industrial units and up to 125 new homes on the site.
After feedback at a recent public exhibition, land earmarked for a pub and convenience store is being considered for a medical practice.
Around 700 jobs are expected to be created in total on the site.
Ken Whitaker, from Euxton Lane Developments Ltd, said: “We are excited to be submitting an application that would be the first step in positioning Chorley at the forefront of the digital health sector in the region.
“This development could help secure hundreds of skilled IT and health jobs and attract the leading businesses in this sector to the area – meeting the aspirations of the regional health bodies to create a hub like this in the North West.
“We have spent over six months developing these plans in discussion with the council, regional health organisations, local residents and stakeholders in the community and we are pleased to be submitting plans that help meet the needs of Chorley.”
The land was designated by the council for development as an employment site, despite objections from people living nearby.
Euxton Lane Developments Ltd consulted residents last summer to find out what kind of businesses they would prefer to see there and as a result, decided not to put warehouses or large industrial units on the site.
More information about the proposal is available online at www.euxtonlane.co.uk.