Employment and a strong economy are important to Ribble Valley and the council has a responsibility to ensure that there is sufficient employment land to facilitate employment and economic investment in the borough and make preparations to meet with business, economic and employment growth needs for the future. A number of developments are taking place in the borough that will contribute to local employment and economic growth.

Not only is it important how much employment sites, premises and land there is, but also their location, quality, type, suitability and availability, indicating which sites might be best safeguarded for employment uses, any sites that appear no longer suitable for employment uses at least in their present form, and any need for new allocations.

As well as sites and opportunities in the Samlesbury Enterprise Zone, the council is currently engaged in ongoing discussions with developers regarding delivery of developments on the Barrow Enterprise Site, helping to bring this forward as the borough’s principal strategic employment location to support economic growth.

In Clitheroe work is currently progressing on a  new industrial park development on a 7 acre site at Salthill Industrial Estate. The units will vary in size from 1000 to 14,000 square feet with parking, allowing new businesses to move and established businesses to relocate and expand in the area.

Time Technology Park is situated within an established business and industrial area of Lancashire, near Simonstone to the south of the borough. The site also provides various warehousing, storage and manufacturing units with large parking availability. Plans to build a new 18-unit business park on land adjacent to the site are being progressed. This has recently been approved.

A number of further potential developments for business growth are currently in the planning pipeline. The council’s Regeneration team continues to work with businesses and developers in connection with these, contact us for more information. Also work with Lancashire County Council and Lancashire Enterprise Partnership to improve the local infrastructure continues in order to help facilitate these growth opportunities.