Last housing land is sold at former munitions factory

All sold: The former ROF site where the last piece of land has been sold
All sold: The former ROF site where the last piece of land has been sold
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A chapter has closed on the redevelopment of Chorley that brought the past and present together.

Remaining development land at the former Royal Ordnance Factory has been sold for new housing.

It brings to an end BAE Systems’ involvement in the main part of the redevelopment of Chorley ROF and a significant moment in the history of the site.

A new residential and industrial village - Buckshaw Village - has sprung up on the 928-acre site between Euxton and Leyland.

ROF Chorley was mobilised in 1939 and was one of the two largest filling factories in the country.

It employed 35,000 people at the peak of the war and provided essential war time ammunition to British armed forces.

BAE Systems this week confirmed the sale of the redevelopment land to Persimmon Homes and Redrow Homes.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, who was chairman of economic regeneration for Chorley Council in the 1980s and oversaw the ROF plans, said: “This really is an important moment in our local history. It’s a tale of two villages.

“Chorley ROF played a vital role in nearly every conflict from 1939 up until the first Gulf War.

“Stages of production of the Bouncing Bomb took place here.

“Now, when you drive through Buckshaw Village it is hard to believe that it used to be the site of the ROF. It is home to families, couples and elderly retirees. We’ve got shops, a school, community centre and a college. It is a real community.

“Chorley ROF has a proud history and Buckshaw Village has a very bright future.”