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4th September 2015
BOTTLING PLANT OPENS
Source: Packaging Business Review

UK-based brewing company Morrow Brothers has opened a new bottling plant in Buckshaw Village, near Chorley in Lancashire.

The new plant has received a £23,750 grant from Chorley Council for the purchase of bottling equipment, Lancashire Telegraph reported. It will support the region with 19 new jobs.

Chorley Council leader Cllr Alistair Bradley said: "Attracting new businesses like this into the borough is an important part of the work we are doing to put Chorley on the map."

The plant will cater to bottling needs of micro-breweries across the country.

Morrow Brothers managing director Gerard Crompton said: "We are in the ideal location in the centre of the north west.

"The micro-breweries don't have the volume of beer to warrant investing in their own bottling plants, but collectively, a significant volume of business can be achieved.

"We've also had great support from Chorley Council and the grant really helped us and was one of the reasons we chose to locate our new plant in Chorley."

Founded in 1969, Morrow Brothers offers new stainless steel kegs and Boetzkes tamper evident snapcap in the UK as well as exports to other countries worldwide.


26th August 2015
EXTRA 210 Places for tRINITY sCHOOL
Source: Chorley Guardian

A Buckshaw school is set to expand so it can take an extra 210 pupils.

Lancashire County Council has agreed a proposal to permanently expand Trinity Church of England/Methodist School at Buckshaw Village, Chorley.

Following a statutory consultation process, County Councillor Matthew Tomlinson agreed that the school in Unity Place will be able to accept an additional 30 reception year pupils from September 2016.

The expansion means that the number of pupils who are admitted to reception class will increase each year from 60 to 90, resulting in the school capacity increasing from 420 to 630.

A temporary expansion of the school to provide an additional 30 reception places for one year had previously been agreed. The need for additional primary school places is as a result of a rise in the birth rate coupled with the effect of significant housing development in the area.

County Councillor Tomlinson said: “We need to increase the size of this popular school to meet the expected additional demand for places now and in the future. “We’ll be able to provide an extra 30 reception places from September 2016 with places on the new site hopefully being available from 2017. “We are constantly reviewing changing demographic factors to make sure the number and location of the school places we provide are adequate throughout Lancashire. “It’s great that we’ve been able to offer these extra places which will be a real boost for the local community. “We are looking forward to being able to accommodate more children next year.”

Head teacher at Trinity Primary School, Jill Wright, said: “I am delighted to be able to welcome more pupils to our school soon. “We have agreed to increase the intake by an additional 30 places, which is really needed.”

Read the full Chorley Citizen article


26th February 2015
Proposed 2nd Community Centre Raises Concerns
Source: Chorley Guardian

Proposals for a second community centre have led to a bigger debate about the future of Buckshaw Village.

Chorley Council is planning to build a £600,000 community centre on Ordnance Road, on the same site as a proposed new Aldi supermarket.

Council leader Coun Alistair Bradley said community groups have been complaining about a lack of facilities for more than two years and the planned centre would meet that demand.

But some residents fear they could be hit financially if a second community centre is built and takes bookings away from the existing centre.

They believe it could lead to Buckshaw Village’s management company increasing charges for all residents.

The current community centre is one of the things funded by the £150 annual management fee paid by residents.

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19th January 2015
ALDI to open Buckshaw Village store
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

BUDGET supermarket chain Aldi is set to open a new store in Chorley, creating around 50 jobs.

The discount food retailer, is preparing a a multi-million pound joint proposal with developer Primrose Holdings for a food store for Buckshaw Village.

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22nd November 2014
Plans unveiled for Buckshaw warehouse
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

PLANS for a new huge warehouse project in Buckshaw have been announced.

Evander Properties, a developer of industrial property has announced plans to develop a 183,000 sq ft logistics and distribution warehouse at its Revolution Park site.

The development, which has planning consent, will commence in January 2015 and will be the first big shed to start on site speculatively in the North West since 2007.

The site is the last available big shed plot on the fully occupied Revolution Park development situated at Buckshaw Village, Chorley, where neighbouring occupiers include Parcelforce, Kimberley Clarke, Wolseley and Multi Part.

The unit will comprise of 171,417 sq ft of warehousing space with 12,500 sq ft office space over two storeys.

It will feature 142 car and 47 trailer parking spaces.

Speaking about the announcement Evander Managing Director Jeremy Greenland said "We feel the timing is right to develop out this final plot at Revolution Park and are ready to start on site immediately after Christmas."

"This is a marker of our continued confidence in the prime North West shed market."

"We look forward to attracting an occupier to the scheme very soon."


12th August 2014
Campaign to provide facilities for youngsters
Source: Chorley Guardian

Rising nuisance levels has led to claims that more needs to be done for youngsters in Buckshaw Village.

Calls have been mad efor a multi-use games area or a cycle cross loop to be created for children aged 11 and above and is available for use seven days a week.

They come after a rise in complaints that teenagers are causing repeated trouble in the village.

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4th August 2014
Consultation to go ahead over Buckshaw Surgery
Source: Chorley Guardian

Patients will be able to have their say on the future of Buckshaw Village Surgery.

NHS England has confirmed consultation will be carried out ahead of them awarding a new contract for the practice.

It follows a meeting last Monday between representatives of Buckshaw Patient Participation Group (PPG) and NHS England.

The PPG had called for a consultation with patients as the contract to run the surgery is put out for tender.

Concerns grew over the future of the centre when NHS England announced the existing contract would not automatically be renewed when it ends next year.

The new contract could go to the existing GP or another provider.

Jackie Forshaw, head of primary care (Lancashire) for NHS England, said: “Patient engagement is a key part of any process which may involve service changes and, over the coming months, we will be providing opportunities for patients in Buckshaw to share their views about GP services in the village.

“We will continue to liaise and engage with the PPG to ensure that patients registered with the practice have an opportunity to give their observations.”

The consultation will include drop-in sessions and a questionnaire.

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17th July 2014
Fight to save Buckshaw Village Health centre
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

A ‘thriving’ GP surgery with more than 7,000 patients has been told its contract to provide care is to be cancelled in a move described as causing “distress and uncertainty’.

Management at Buckshaw Village Health centre were told last week of NHS England’s decision to cancel the contract and carry out a full procurement exercise in 2015.

Hundreds of patients have since protested and MP Lindsay Hoyle has taken the fight directly to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

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15th June 2014
Parcelforce creates 150 new jobs in Buckshaw Village
Source: Chorley Guardian

A worldwide distribution centre that is set to create around 150 jobs has been officially opened in Buckshaw Village.

The new Parcelforce Wordwide centre is part of a UK-wide expansion programme by the company, Royal Mail Group’s express parcel business, which has already created 130 new jobs in the area.

In total, it is expected up to around 150 jobs will be created by the centre over the next three years.

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13th June 2014
NEW PUB PASSED FOR BUCKSHAW
Source: Chorley Guardian

Buckshaw Village is set to get a new pub after councillors gave the go ahead to the proposed development.

The proposal is to build a Greene King pub and restaurant with an outdoor play area at Bishopton Crescent, at the junction of Buckshaw Avenue and Ordnance Road.

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25th March 2014
BUCKSHAW VILLAGE HEALTH CENTRE OFFICIALLY OPENED
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A NEW £3.6m health centre has been officially opened.

The Buckshaw Village Health Centre is a 2,000 square-metre complex, providing health care services for up to 10,000 patients.

To mark the opening of the centre in Buckshaw Village, Chorley, the Vice Chairman of NHS Property Services Douglas Blausten jointly unveiled a commemorative plaque with a Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle.

Mr Blausten said: “It has been a pleasure to attend this event and help to officially open Buckshaw Village Health Centre which boasts excellent facilities, providing a fantastic environment for both staff and patients.

“From the feedback we’ve received and from speaking to the staff and patients within this centre, it’s obvious that this health centre really is the heart of the village. Congratulations to Eric Wright Construction, GPs and all the staff at Buckshaw Village who have helped bring this facility to life.”

The official opening was attended by local dignitaries, NHS Property Services representatives and public sector staff.

Lindsay Hoyle added: “I was delighted to be invited to officially open Buckshaw Village Health Centre and having been involved in the project since its inception, I know just how much of a difference this centre will make to the community.”

Dr Muttucumaru, GP and Clinical Director at the health centre, said: “We were delighted to take the keys for the new health centre and offer what we feel is a modern and holistic primary care service for our patients and the wider Chorley and South Ribble community.”

Debi Coyle, programme manager for Capital Service Developments at NHS Property Services, managed the scheme from the start.


20th February 2014
Proposal to name street after war raid hero
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

The name of an heroic Second World War pilot killed in the legendary Dambuster Raid has been suggested for a new street in Chorley.

Vernon William Byers died on May 16, 1943, when his Lancaster was shot down by flak off the Dutch coast.

It has been proposed that Byers Walk in Buckshaw Village is named after the 32-year-old Canadian.

Chorley Council has asked Euxton Parish Council - which covers Buckshaw Village - for its views.

If it is accepted, it will be in keeping with the area’s proud links to the famous raid on the German dams in the Ruhr valley. Workers at the former Royal Ordnance Factory at Euxton – on which Buckshaw Village has sprung up – filled 19 ‘bouncing bombs’ for the raid.

Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the bomb, has already been used to name Barnes Wallis Way in the village.

The raid by RAF 617 Squadron was called Operation Chastise. PO Byers’ Lancaster was to bomb the Sorpe Dame.

After it was hit, it crashed into the Waddenzee, West of Harlingen and was the first aircraft shot down on the operation with the loss of all the crew.

Debra Platt, clerk to Euxton Parish Council, said: “The council will consider the proposal at a meeting tonight.”

Site developers submit names to Chorley Council.

Deputy leader Coun Peter Wilson, said: “We have quite detailed guidelines for developers to take into consideration when they are choosing street names for their developments from such things as reflecting the history or geography of the area, to not being difficult or awkward to pronounce or spell.

“We also check there’s no duplication of existing street names within the borough and then we consult with the relevant parish council.”


10th January 2014
Last housing land sold at former munitions factory
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

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.”


29th November 2013
design firm UnveilS its new headquarters
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

North West Projects officially opened the doors to its new headquarters at Rutherford Point, Matrix Park in Buckshaw Village on Wednesday.

The company provides mechanical and CE&I engineering design services for the nuclear and chemical industries. North West Projects’ new premises were opened by Dr Dame Sue Ion, a scientist and engineer, expert Government advisor on the nuclear industry, and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Dame Sue emphasised the historic role played by the North West in the nuclear industry and its key role in the future, given the recent Government commitment to new build projects. She said: “The North West has the engineering talent and skills base to meet the challenges arising both at Sellafield and from the new nuclear facility at Hinkley Point.”

The 30,000 sq ft building comprises state-of-the-art IT and security systems, a café, conference facilities, a gym and meeting spaces.


27th August 2013
New eating hubs announced at Buckshaw
Source: Chroley Guardian

A host of exciting eateries have announced they will be opening as part of the new commercial quarter at Buckshaw Village.

A top sandwich company, Indian eatery, an Italian restaurant and a tapas bar have all signed up as part of the £6m scheme to give villagers more for their buck.

Subway is the biggest name to be confirmed, while popular Italian restaurant Tiggis and a tapas bar will also be taking up residence.

Click here to read the full Chorley Guardian article


1st August 2013
Waitrose’s £35 million Buckshaw site to open in September
Source: www.logisticsmanager.com

Waitrose will officially open its £35 million regional distribution centre in Leyland on 4 September, following a phased roll-out which started this month.

The site was originally set to open in summer 2012, but plans were postponed when the retailer’s forecasts showed that it did not need the capacity until 2013.

Located on the Matrix business park, in Buckshaw village, the DC will now service 42 of Waitrose’s branches across the North of England and Scotland, and is expected to expand to new stores in Helensburgh, Scotland, and Northwich, Cheshire, by the end of this year.

It comprises a 360,000 sq ft warehouse, a 50,000 sq ft office space and a vehicle maintenance unit, and, initially employing 300 people, is due to employ a total of 600 when running at full capacity.

The company says the new facility will enable it to expand its portfolio of stores in the area over the next five to ten years.

“Everything is now in place for us to hit the ground running. We’ve got a skilled workforce that will ensure we can efficiently service 44 stores within just six months,” said supply chain director, David Jones.

“Waitrose has a target to open up to ten little Waitrose convenience shops and up to ten supermarkets each year and this RDC will play a key role in achieving that.

“We’re looking forward to being part of the community, welcoming new employees and making a valuable, economic contribution to the local area.”


18th July 2013
TWO STOREY EXTENSION FOR Buckshaw Trinity Primary School
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Two of Lancashire’s leading property and construction firms have joined forces to deliver a two-storey extension at a local primary school.

Buckshaw Trinity Primary School, off Buckshaw Avenue, opened its doors less than three years ago but has already seen the number of reception places double from 30 to 60.

Now pupils can look forward to having extra space after Conlon Construction began working on six additional classrooms in a two-storey extension and doubling the size of the reception classroom, designed by architects Cassidy + Ashton.

The £5.5m school, originally designed and built by both companies, opened in September 2010 after being commissioned by the Diocese of Blackburn and the Methodist Circuit, and was intended for just 210 pupils.

Work began on July 1 and the project is due to be complete ready for the start of the Autumn term in September 2014.

Click here to read the complete Lancashire Evening Post article


2nd July 2013
Final phase is entered at Buckshaw Village
Source: Chorley Guardian

A major housing development in Buckshaw Village has entered the home straight.

It’s 10 years since house builder Barratt set ‘footings’ on the former Royal Ordnance site at Euxton.

And last Wednesday marked the beginning of the end for the company’s construction work there.

A decade after work began on Buckshaw – the largest brownfield development in the whole of Europe – Barratt Homes began the construction of its final phase, with the residential street known as The Avenue.

And the mayors of Chorley and South Ribble came along to cut the ribbon for the sales office.

Neil Goodwin, managing director of Barratt Manchester, said: “With our partners, we have been able to transform a large disused site into an attractive settlement for thousands of families. Buckshaw Village is now a vibrant, contemporary place to live and its residents can look forward to a bright future.

“As we lay the groundwork for the final phase of the project, we felt it was important to celebrate the success of the village to date and acknowledge that the vision to create a new village with a diverse community has been realised so emphatically.”

The residential scheme is one of the largest in the North West, with up to 2,500 homes built, along with a range of amenities such as a school, supermarket and swimming baths to support a diverse community of 4,000 people.

The site also includes more than 100 affordable homes, a medical centre, pharmacy and community hall.

Barratt and fellow housebuilder Redrow have funded most of the development work to bring the remediated site back into use, including the restoration of two listed buildings, Worden Old Hall and Buckshaw Hall, as well as a number of road and infrastructure improvements.


10th April 2013
Buckshaw Trinity Primary School to double in size
Source: Place North West

Buckshaw Trinity Primary School has submitted plans to double in size after a rise in demand for places.

The junior school, off Buckshaw Avenue, opened less than three years ago but has seen the number of reception places double from 30 to 60.

Plans have now been submitted to build six additional classrooms in a two-storey extension and to double the size of the reception classroom.

Architects Cassidy + Ashton, who worked on the original building, have designed the extension.

The new space will mean year five pupils, currently housed in temporary accommodation, will have a classroom of their own.

Jill Wright, headteacher at Buckshaw Trinity Primary School, said: "Having a temporary classroom is always a bit tricky, but year five has been very good about it.

"The 60 children who came into reception in September last year will now work their way through the school and we'll continue to offer 60 new reception places each year."

The £5.5m school, built by Conlon Construction, opened in September 2010 after being commissioned by the Diocese of Blackburn and the Methodist Circuit. It was originally intended for just 210 pupils.

The school features a range of sustainable design elements, including solar panels to heat the water and toilets that are flushed using rainwater.

Chris Taylor, associate at Cassidy + Ashton, said: "It's wonderful to be working once again with Buckshaw Trinity and to see its popularity growing with the local community.

"Our intention was always to create an inspiring environment and, from the rise in the demand for places, it appears that we achieved that aim."


28th February 2013
Roundhouse offers rent-to-buy Buckshaw business units
Source: Place North West

Lancashire-based developer Roundhouse Properties and contractor JWS Developments have started work on a £3m joint venture office and industrial scheme at Buckshaw in Chorley.

Momentum Business Centre@Buckshaw will contain 24,000 sq ft in 35 business units over 2.5 acres. Units will range from 630 sq ft to 2,130 sq ft.

In phase one, 11 of the 35 units are on schedule to be completed by May and Roundhouse Properties has already agreed heads of terms on all of the 11 units.

Roundhouse Properties and JWS have also sold one acre of the site for an undisclosed sum to English Trading Company, which specialises in manufacturing and importing bed linen and soft furnishings for the hotel and contract accommodation industry. English Trading Company will build a 10,000 sq ft head office and industrial unit at the Buckshaw site.

Jeremy Lefton, director of Roundhouse Properties, said: "We had significant interest in Momentum Business Centre@Buckshaw when we announced the development.

"The commercial property sector is extremely competitive purely because of the number of units available but we've developed a product that gives SMEs the flexibility and quality business space they need.

"In addition we've catered for SMEs needs by offering the 35 units through a lease, purchase or combination and created a lease-purchase scheme, giving small businesses the means to own their building if they want to."

The properties are being marketed by Roundhouse Properties supported by Nick Kos, director of Bailey Deakin & Hamiltons, sole agent for the development.


1st February 2013
'GROWING' BUCKSHAW VILLAGE SET FOR NEW SCHOOL
Source: Chorley Guardian

A RAPIDLY expanding Chorley village could be set for a second primary school.

Buckshaw Village is one of the fastest growing residential developments in the county and Buckshaw Trinity Methodist Primary School has doubled its entry intake from 30 to 60 places.

Lancashire County Council chiefs approved plans for a new school to try to deal with the shortage of primary school places in the Chorley North Ward.

However, with many of the properties on Europe’s biggest brownfield residential site still being built, calls have been made that the problem could get worse.

Coun Mark Perks, who represents the Buckshaw Village ward, said: “Lancashire County Council has identified a shortage of places for 2014/15 and they have to take action.

“If the population keeps rising and more young families move to the area, then there might be the situation that LCC has to work on part of the Buckshaw Village Group One land which was set aside so they could build a school.

“They own the plot of land for the next 10 years and this was part of the plan when Buckshaw Village was started that another site of Central Avenue could possibly become another primary school.”

In the meantime, Trinity CE/Methodist Primary School has been allowed to expand their facilities.

In April 2012, 30 children living with in 0.25 miles from the school were offered places, while others in the village were unable to enrol.

It meant 20 children were forced to travel more than two miles to go to another school.

In May, LCC bosses temporarily gave the green light for one year to increase the number of children enrolling to 60, but a fortnight ago it was made permanent which could mean a total of 420 pupils learning there in the future.

Coun Perks believes the increase in pupils will ease the situation.

He added: “I have had lots of emails and contact with concerned parents about their children not getting into Buckshaw Trinity so hopefully this will help.”

Kay Davies, chairman of the Buckshaw Village Community Association, said: “BVCA has known there is a really big demand in the village for kids to go to Buckshaw Trinity and it is good news they are going to provide for 60 families in the area.

“With regards to the second school, it is good to know that LCC is investigating the future.

County Councillor Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, said: “We are pleased to have been able to increase the size of this popular school to meet demand from Buckshaw Village.

“Birth rates in Chorley are continuing to rise, and we are keeping a weather eye on trends in the Buckshaw area so as to be able to meet the demand for additional places in the future.”


2nd October 2012
60 Cars left unlocked
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

More than 60 cars in Buckshaw Village were found at risk of crime following an early morning operation by police in Lancashire.

Sixty-two vehicles and 15 garages were discovered to be unlocked and unsecured during a two-and-half-hour period where hundreds of homes were visited.


21st September 2012
Police blame residents for 'opportunist' crime
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Police officers are set to descend on Buckshaw Village in a ‘show of strength’ after a spike in crime.

Police will be joined by special constables and officers from Chorley Council and South Ribble Council to warn residents about the importance of locking their doors and windows after an increase in ‘opportunist’ crime in the area.

Police say incidents of bike thefts and garden and shed break-ins are on the up on the newly built estates of Buckshaw Village - and now it’s time to take action.

Sgt Andy Bramhall, who is leading the action on Wednesday, said: “There has been a spike in crime in the Buckshaw Village area of Chorley purely because people are failing to secure their property.

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20th September 2012
BUILDING WORK BEGINS ON BUCKSHAW COMMERCIAL QUARTER
Source: Chorley Guardian

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.

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19th September 2012
NEW JOBS HOPE AFTER BUSINESS UNITS ANNOUNCED
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Scores of businesses could be brought into Lancashire after 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 on Buckshaw Village in Chorley. The development will see 35 business units built for small to medium-sized businesses built opposite the Tesco superstore and Matrix industrial park.

The first phase of the development is due to be completed by next spring and bosses behind the scheme claimed it would be attractive proposition to firms due to its flexibility.

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6th September 2012
BARRATT APPLY FOR MORE BUCKSHAW HOMES
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

Plans have been submitted for a development of 82 homes in Buckshaw Village.

Barratt Homes plan to build on land north east of Buckshaw Hall and bounded by Buckshaw Avenue and Ordnance Road.


22nd August 2012
BOOST FOR Buckshaw VILLAGE GROUPS
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

An appeal has been issued to extend the scope of youth and community activities in Buckshaw village.

For the second straight year the council is backing a fund which will foster greater community ties in the fledgling area.

Voluntary, community and faith groups can bid for grants of between £500 and £5,000, which must be spent over the next 12 months.

For details visit www.chorley.gov.uk/grantsandfunding or call 01257 515151


25th July 2012
Buckshaw HALL HIT BY VANDALS
Source: Chorley Guardian

An historic 17th century Chorley building has been vandalised by ‘mindless’ yobs.

The Grade II* listed Buckshaw Hall, which was built in 1654, has had windows smashed, walls punched in, and historically-important features destroyed, causing £10,000 worth of damage.

The hall was in private use until the 1930s, when it was taken on by the Ministry of Defence to form part of the ROF munitions factory. It was transferred back into private ownership some years ago, and talks are ongoing with what to do with the site.

But John Greenhalgh, who now owns the building, says he fears it may be lost completely if nothing is done.

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11th July 2012
Buckshaw Village homes plan to get nod
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A residential area is set to expand with the addition of another 80 new family homes.

Bloor Homes’s plans for mixed properties on part of the former Royal Ordinance site at Buckshaw Village have been recommended for approval.

The concept of building homes and commercial units on the site has already been given planning approval, with the latest application to confirm the details of the houses.

Proposals show three one bedroom, eight two bedroom, 11 three bedroom, 47 four bedroom and 11 five bedroom houses on a 2.8 hectare site, east of the A49 Wigan Road.

Twelve of the properties would be earmarked for affordable housing.

No objections have been received to the plans.

Recommending the scheme be approved, a new report advises councillors on the planning committee: “The principle of development on the site has previously been established by previous outline approvals.

“The proposed scheme reflects the character and appearance of the existing dwellings, with the proposal not considered to have a detrimental impact on the streetscene or the character of the area.”

The redevelopment of the old Royal Ordinance site was one of Europe’s biggest ever brownfields regeneration project.

The munitions factory sprawled over 350 hectares.

The Buckshaw Village development now occupies 170 hectares of the site.

South Ribble’s planning committee will vote on the scheme at a meeting in the Civic Centre in Leyland at 6pm tonight.


6th May 2012
Parcelforce distribution centre approved
Source: Place North West

Turley Associates has secured planning permission for developer Evander Properties to build two sheds on a 25-acre site at the Revolution, part of Buckshaw Village in Chorley.

The first, of 123,500 sq ft, has been pre-let to Parcelforce Worldwide, part of the Royal Mail Group. Work is due to be completed in September 2013. The second unit will be 182,500 sq ft but work will not start until it has been pre-let.

Buckshaw Village contains 500 acres of mixed-use development, including 2,000 new homes, retail and leisure facilities, employment space and a new railway station.

Andrew Bickerdike, a senior planner in Turley Associates' Manchester office, said: "This is a significant planning permission for Evander Properties and Buckshaw Village, delivering high quality employment accommodation and providing a significant jobs boost to the town. The original planning application was made in September 2011 and, working closely with the council has been amended to reflect Parcelforce's accommodation requirements in order to bring this major new employer to Chorley."

Littler Young, Dowley Turner Real Estate and Jones Lang LaSalle are joint letting agents at Revolution.


10th April 2012
400 jobs at new mail centre
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

A huge new distribution centre will create up to 400 jobs in Lancashire.

The Royal Mail Group is proposing a 300,000 sq ft distribution centre on Revolution Park at Buckshaw Village, between Leyland and Chorley. The ‘North West processing centre’ for postal arm Parcelforce Worldwide will be a hub of activity with two massive building housing 400 staff, more than 300 parking spaces, and space for over 200 lorries.

The scheme, planned for land between Wolseley and Stewart Milne homes, is owned by Evander Properties, who are also behind a similar scheme to bring a distribution centre for supermarket giant Waitrose to the village.

Royal Mail said the proposal would bring a ‘large investment’ to the area.

Spokesman James Eadie said: “The planning application relates to a potential new Parcelforce Worldwide site in the north west of England.

“The land on which the application has been made does not currently belong to Parcelforce Worldwide, and at this point no plans are finalised.

“The proposal, if it were to proceed, would represent a large investment in Chorley and would create a significant number of jobs in the area.”

Neil Dickinson, director for Evander Properties confirmed the plan would create up to 400 new jobs.

He said: “We are very pleased to have attracted Royal Mail to the park.

“All of the consultation has been started and largely completed and we are expecting to have the application before Chorley Council’s planning committee on April 24.

“We have have been in dialogue with Royal Mail for some months.

“The application has been well received and having a significant employer and investor like Parcelforce is a good thing for any local authority in this current climate.”

News of the jobs has been welcomed in the community and by community leaders.

Kaye Davies, chairman of Buckshaw Village Community Association, said: “It’s great news for the area and a real boost in the current climate.

“We want to make sure people know about this so the jobs can go to local people.

“Evander have taken on board resident’s concerns, particularly in relation to how the commercial development will overlook the Stewart Milne and Redrow and Barratt development nearby so we are very pleased.”

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle also welcomed the news, saying: “This really is positive news and comes at the right time as we see unemployment in Chorley rising.

“It’s really important for the future of the economy locally and it certainly makes Buckshaw Village sustainable.

“This will create opportunities for local people, and that’s what it’s all about.”


28th March 2012
RELIVING life in THE Royal Ordnance Factories
Source: Chorley Guardian

It is fast becoming a thriving residential and industrial area, its 4,000 plus occupants making it one of the largest urban development sites in the north west.

But Buckshaw Village has not always been this way - an idea that one historian and author transformed into an illustrated discussion over the weekend.

Steve Williams, best known for his work with the Chorley Remembers project, brought back many memories on Sunday, when he hosted a ‘Buckshaw Before It Was A Village’ talk.

The village now sits on what used to be the 928 acre site of the Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF), better known as the ROF Chorley, or Filling Factory No.1.

The area was designated a munitions works in 1935 with building work, which cost £13.1m over a two year period, beginning in January 1937.

The main entrance was on Euxton Lane with gates on Wigan Road and Dawson Lane.

Mr Williams said: “The site was officially opened by King George VI on March 31 1939 and during the Second World War employed over 35,000 workers, the latter representing 20 per cent of the total workforce making munitions across the UK.

“In the spring of 1943, workers at the site filled Torpex explosive into the famous ‘Bouncing Bombs’ used to attack German dams in the dambuster raids.

“Back in 1985, the ROFs nationwide were privatised, and production on the Euxton site was finally transferred to south Wales in 1997, with decommissioning and decontamination taking place between 1998 and 2007.

“Today the site is a major housing and commercial development, with buildings such as the Tesco store sitting on what was once the shell filling unit and the new Buckshaw Village Community Centre is located in the old Group 5 facility, which assembled the shell cases.

“Very little remains of the original ROF buildings except those on Euxton Lane.

“The main office building is now Runshaw College, while next door the Central Stores still remains, along with a number of signs, fire hydrants and lamps dating to 1938.”

Former workers of the ROF attended the event, telling the host it brought back many memories of what they call the demise of Euxton.

Eric Jones, who now lives in Euxton, joined the ROF as an apprentice electrician and ended up as operations manager, while Hilary Walker joined the tailor’s shop making pyjamas in 1955 before going on to more dangerous work filling shell cases.

Many of the workers met their spouses on the site, including Chorley Pals historian and author, John Garwood.

And in further research, Steve Williams also discovered that three Chorley Pals who fought in the First World War, worked at the ROF during and after the Second World War.

One of these men, Edward Ashcroft, was awarded a George Medal for bravery extinguishing a fire in one of the production shops on September 21 1941. His namesake, Charlie Ashcroft, worked at the site after a career in professional and non-league football.

Mr Williams said: “The talk was aimed at informing local residents of the history of the site, as well as encouraging former workers to get in touch with us at the Chorley Remembers project.

“I hope to compile stories of people’s memories and experiences at the ROF, publishing them in a book next year.”

The ROF talk is also being offered to other groups, who are keen to listen to Buckshaw’s history.

Chorley Remembers Project is eager to hear from more former ROF workers. To get in touch, contact the project office on 01257 273621 or via their website, www.chorleyremembers.org.uk.


19th January 2012
'OSCAR' for Whittle le Park Site Manager
Source: Manchester Evening News

Dubbed the industry’s ‘Oscars’, the Pride in the Job Awards are run by the National House Building Council (NHBC). They recognise the best in the site management and construction of new homes in the UK, and the event in London on January 13, was hosted by TV presenter Denise Van Outen.

Bill Hughes, site manager for Miller Homes North West, won the large builder category for the company’s development  Whittle Le Park, at Buckshaw Village, Chorley. He beat more than 13,000 entrants.

The development has nearly 150 two-to-five-bedroom homes, including both low-rise residential houses and apartment blocks. This is the fifth year that Bill has won the award.

He said: “I’m thrilled to have won this award for the fifth time. It’s a testament to the high quality of workmanship, site safety and management that Miller Homes demand in all their new build developments. 

“It is as much a reflection on the quality of my team as it is on me.”

Click here for the full Manchester Evening News article


11th January 2012
WORK TO BEGIN ON NEW BUCKSHAW SURGERY
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

The construction of a health centre for Buckshaw is set to begin the next few weeks.

Work is set to start on Buckshaw Village Surgery imminently, bringing a range of medical services to the growing community.

The plans were approved last week by NHS North West to create a permanent site for the GP practice, which is currently temporarily located at The Lodge in Buckshaw Retirement Village.

The new building will house Dr Muttucumaru’s GP surgery, an NHS dental surgery and other health and social care services.

Once building work for the new surgery is complete it will be able to care for up to 10,000 patients.

Click here for the full Lancashire Telegraph article


14th November 2011
£6m plan for buckshaw Village shops & Restaurants
Source: Chorley Guardian

Planners behind a £6m scheme for shops and restaurants in Buckshaw Village are confident work will start before the end of the year.

In August Eden Park Developments displayed their ambitious proposals for the nine-acre site in Buckshaw Village near the Tesco store.

They believed that work would start on site in October but the land remains untouched.

However, Neal Dale, development manager for the project, says the wheels are in motion and they have high hopes that they will be on site by winter.

Click here for the full Chorley Guardian article


30th August 2011
CYCLE ROUTE PLANS
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Cyclists and walkers are set to benefit from a new cycle route through the Cuerden Valley.

Lancashire County Council has approved plans for the route which will link the beauty spot to surrounding towns and suburbs. The plans were approved at a meeting of Lancashire County Council’s development and control committee.

A spokesman for Lancashire County Council said: “The proposed cycleway would be open to cyclists, walkers and wheelchair users. “It is a key link in the national cycle route from Preston to Chorley.

“As well as linking the Cuerden Valley Park with Buckshaw Village, it is anticipated that people will use the path to cycle to work at Buckshaw Village, to the new Buckshaw railway station and into Preston.”

Several consultations have already taken place with neighbouring property holders, parish councils, Natural England and the Ramblers Association, but no objections have been raised to the plans.

A construction schedule has been set and it is hoped works will be completed by the end of October, in accordance with the grant requirements.

The work is expected to cost £80,000, made up of a £25,000 grant form the Lancashire Environmental Fund and a £55,000 contribution from the developers of Buckshaw Village.

Click here for the full LEP article


19th August 2011
£6m development date is Bucking the trend
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Work will start this autumn on a £6m development of retail units and restaurants.

Eden Park Developments unveiled the final plans for the nine acre site in Buckshaw Village at a consultation event for residents.

An application was approved by Chorley Council back in 2008, but the long-awaited next phase of development for 30 apartments and eight shops is expected to begin in September or October.

Among the interested parties looking to move beside the Tesco store include an Italian restaurant and delicatessen, fish and chip shop, an estate agent, an Indian takeaway and hairdresser.

The move comes after it was announced that the Buckshaw Village train station will also open this autumn.

Neal Dale, development manager for the project, said: “It has been a turbulent few years trying to get the last pieces of the jigsaw together. “The general economic climate has been slow, but everything is coming together and I have got the impression that the new train station is a catalyst to bring firms to the area.

Click here for the full LEP article


24th April 2011
KIMBERLEY CLARK DISTRIBUTION CENTRE READY TO OPEN
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

TOILET roll maker Kimberley-Clark will open its new Lancashire distribution centre next month.

The firm, which makes brands including Andrex, Kleenex and Huggies, has created 140 jobs at its new 360,000 sq ft site at Revolution Park, Buckshaw Village, near Chorley.

Bosses said the £7million warehouse would house more than 60,000 pallets and distribute across the north of England. It will officially open on Thursday, May 12.

Peter Surtees, Kimberly-Clark’s European supply chain director, said: “We’re excited about the move into Chorley. “The town is the ideal location for us with fantastic motorway links across the north of England and into Scotland.”


21st April 2011
Restaurant PLAN for Buckshaw Village
Source: Chorley Guardian

Buckshaw Village’s first restaurant is set to be built by this time next year.

Proposals to open an Italian restaurant, takeaway and deli on Station Road have been submitted to Chorley Council, and include an area for live music and dance performances.

Applicant Refosco Limited currently manages Tiggis restaurant in Preston, and bosses now want to bring an eatery to the development between Chorley and Leyland.

Click here for the complete Chorley Guardian arcticle


7th April 2011
Buckshaw healthcare company to create 100 jobs
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

A healthcare company says it plans to create around 100 jobs in Lancashire after opening an office in Buckshaw Village.

The jobs boost follows the decision by the HICA Group to expand its homecare operations in the North West.

HICA Homecare is recruiting 20 care support workers now, with over 80 more due to be appointed within the next six months.

As part of the expansion, HICA’s Homecare Division has opened regional offices at Buckshaw Retirement Village, near Chorley. HICA operates the retirement village as a partner in the Oakbridge Retirement Villages joint venture.

Click here for the complete Lancashire Telegraph arcticle


31st March 2011
600 JOBS AT NEW WAITROSE DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Supermarket giant Waitrose has announced plans for a new regional distribution centre in Chorley which will create up to 600 new jobs.

The upmarket food chain said the centre will be the first step in plans for a major expansion across the North West.

Waitrose bosses struck a deal this week to develop and lease a 30-acre warehouse plot at a former BAE Systems site at Matrix Park, Buckshaw Village.

The 360,000sq ft warehouse, 50,000sq ft of office space and a vehicle maintenance unit will allow Waitrose to service up to 80 branches across the North of England and Scotland as part of a £35m investmnent.

A planning application for the scheme is expected to be submitted to Chorley Council by early next month.

Click here for the complete Lancashire Evening Post arcticle


23rd March 2011
MILLER HOMES ANNOUNCE BUCKSHAW APARTMENTS
Source: Easier Property

Miller Homes has announced a new phase at its Whittle-le-Park development in Buckshaw Village, Chorley.

Family homes and now for the first time apartments are to be offered. The new property portfolio brings something new to the popular Buckshaw Village location in combining traditional design and building techniques with contemporary features.

The new phase and new designs benefit from Miller Homes’ 75 years of house building tradition. Buyers are assured that its homes have been carefully designed and lovingly built with a specification that creates a highly desirable property.

NHBC award-winning site manager Bill Hughes oversees every aspect of each build at Whittle-le-Park to ensure the highest possible standards of craftsmanship are met and built into every individual property.

The development in the new residential community of Buckshaw Village combines a stunning setting, sustainable building techniques and a beautifully landscaped environment that includes cycle paths, open spaces and a village-style shopping centre.

The range of new house designs available at Whittle-le-Park includes:
The Milne, a 3 bed detached home with en-suite master bedroom. With its dramatic staircase window and decorative entrance canopy the Milne, is a beautiful family home that boasts impressively large kitchen with French doors. French doors also feature in the lounge, providing garden views all year round.

The Rolland is a spacious 4 bed semi-detached with three floors. The design features a large lounge, contemporary kitchen and dining. Of special interest is the master bedroom which has an en-suite and occupies the whole top floor, offering a serene oasis at the top of the house.

The Esk is an attractive 4 bed detached house with en-suite master bedroom and detached garage. The design and living space is sure to woo any family. Its dual-aspect lounge features a bay window and the expansive kitchen dining open plan area has French doors opening onto the garden, so the Esk, offers a lesson in design for relaxation and dining inside or outside.

Whittle-le-Park is handily situated between the M6 and the M61 making it in ideal location for the busy commuter who wants to retain a peaceful home life. Chorley and Preston are within easy reach and the 650-acre Cuerden Vally Park, which includes a breath taking mix of formal gardens, lakes and woodland, is only a short walk from the development.

The new phase by Miller Homes at Whittle-le-Park is due for release in this month. To have your pick of the plots and properties designs, Miller Homes is recommending an early visit to the marketing suite, located off Central Avenue, Buckshaw Village, Euxton, Chorley PR7 7AQ. It is open everyday form 10.30 am to 5.30pm.


2nd March 2011
STATE OF THE ART NURSERY FOR Buckshaw Village
Source: Chorley Guardian

Up to 50 new jobs are set to be created at a nursery in Buckshaw Village which will boast its own swimming pool, cafe and hairdressers.

Work is currently well underway on the steel structure of ‘The Hub’ which will officially open in July and parents are already being offered the chance to register for places at the nursery.

When completed, the £2.5m project will be open to the public who will be able to relax in the Cappuccino Cafe, have their hair styled at the on-site salon or take part in classes at the pool.

Click Here for the complete Chorley Guardian article


12th February 2011
Buckshaw Village Parish Council Consultation
Source: Preston & Leyland Citizen

Residents are being invited to have their say on a review of how Buckshaw Village is governed and plans for a parish council.

The Community Governance Review was requested by villagers and the next step is to find out what changes people would like to see.

Once the two-month consultation, which will run until April 7 ends, Chorley Council will draw up recommendations.

To view the consultation information visit www.chorley.gov.uk/buckshawreview.


17th January 2011
NEW PRIMARY SCHOOL HANDED OVER
Source: www.placenorthwest.co.uk

Cassidy & Ashton Architects and Conlon Construction have handed over the new primary school that forms part of the large Buckshaw Village development on the site of a former Royal Ordnance factory in Chorley.

The £5.5m project off Buckshaw Avenue caters for more than 200 local pupils and there is development land for an extension to accommodate up to 420 children as demand increases.

The school, owned and operated by the Blackburn Church of England Diocese and the Chorley Methodist Circuit, was due to open in September 2010 but met with a delay before construction began due to protracted negotiations between Redrow, Chorley Council and the diocese over the sale of the land. Conlon completed construction within the contracted 52-week build period.

The school opened in temporary accommodation for its first term at the Seven Stars Primary School in Leyland.

Michael Conlon, construction director at Conlon Construction, said: "This has been a fantastic project for our team to be involved in. It is a visually stunning building with state-of-the-art facilities within and around it. "We all hope that pupils and staff members are very happy in their new home. It is so pleasing to see the children enjoying the building and it really brings our work to life."

Chris Taylor, associate director from architects Cassidy & Ashton, said: "We set out to create an inspirational building which pupils, teachers and the wider community can be really proud of. It has been a challenging process and it is so exciting to see the final results making a real difference to young people's lives."

Head teacher Jill Wright commented: "The children love their new school. It is a wonderful learning environment in which we can work with the children and serve the families of Buckshaw Village. My favourite part is the hall, where we can have worship and hopefully hold wonderful productions."

Features of the school include a food technology kitchen, wireless network, underfloor heating and a special colourful play area for reception children.

Buckshaw Village totals more than 2,000 homes built by Redrow, Barratt Homes, Persimmon and Rowland Homes


8th January 2011
NEW BARRATT SHOW HOMES
Source: Barratt Homes

New Year is the ideal time for a change of scenery and a fresh start.  Right now Barratt Manchester make moving to a new home more affordable than ever through their move maker schemes, reduced list prices and part exchange opportunities.  New for the New Year at Buckshaw is The Woodlands, a stunning new ‘village’ as part of Buckshaw Village which will feature four very special show homes for you to view before you buy.

The Woodlands which is due to open during February 2011 will feature four new show homes, the Kingsville, the Alderney, the Patterdale and the Maidstone.  Buckshaw Village will benefit from two new show homes from the innovative Aspirations range, an Amethyst and a Peridot.

Set in the heart of over 400 acres of stunning landscaped open space, Buckshaw enjoys spectacular countryside surroundings whilst benefitting from the convenience of its very own village centre.

This unique community hub features both shopping and leisure facilities.  It is surrounded by an extensive network of green mature woodland and thousands of newly planted trees.  The site is revolutionary as it also incorporates a series of waterways, footpaths, cycle ways and traffic calming schemes.

Visit sales advisor Neil Bowden today who can help you to start to bring your Buckshaw dream to life.  You can also give Neil a call on 01772 455801.

The site office is open between 10.30 am and 5.30 pm giving you plenty of time to stroll around the beautiful surroundings and immerse yourself in this exceptional development.


6th January 2011
DEMAND FOR PART-EXCHANGE SOARS AS HOMEOWNERS BEAT THE MARKET
Source: Barratt Homes

RECORD numbers of homeowners are looking to move up the housing ladder whilst getting around the problem of finding a buyer for their existing property, according to Manchester’s leading housebuilder.

Barratt Manchester says levels of customer interest in its part-exchange service are at a new high. And the reason is clear – the difficulties facing homeowners who try to sell their own home in the current market.

“We’ve been offering a part-exchange service for more than 30 years but we’ve never had so many people looking to take advantage of it,” said Jason Newton, Sales Director at Barratt Manchester.

“People are coming to us who are understandably keen to move up the property ladder now. Because of the fall in house prices in the last four years, the gap between the price of your present home and the one you want to move up to is likely to be significantly smaller than it was in 2007.”

“But we are hearing horror stories at the moment about the problems you could face if you try to sell your old property. Not only is it hard even to find a buyer in the second-hand market. Sometimes when you do find one they drop out or insist that you reduce the price.”

With its part-exchange exchange service, Barratt Manchester will buy your old place in just seven days when you purchase one of their new homes. That way you can buy and sell in one easy move and know you’re getting fair market value for your old home.

There are no estate agents’ fees to pay, you side-step most of the hassle and cost usually associated with selling a property and – best of all – you’ll have no worries about the dreaded housebuying ‘chain’ breaking. 

“It’s just like part exchanging a car,” Jason Newton added. “We’ll consider buying your current home so that you are free to buy one of ours.

“We arrange for the property to be valued by two independent surveyors and make a fair offer based on the valuations. We are a guaranteed cash buyer, there’s no chain, no agents’ fees or last minute price haggling.”

“This probably sounds like a very good deal to anyone currently struggling to sell their old home. I would urge anyone interested to call us today to find out more.”

At both Eccleston Park and Buckshaw part exchange is available for a limited period only on selected homes.

Eccleston Park is situated on Pilling lane in Chorley and boasts a fantastic array of stunning homes, with designs and prices to satisfy all tastes.  Home of the week at Eccleston Park is plot 85, the three bedroom Maidstone.  This desirable family home has a list price of only £147,995.

Set in the heart of over 400 acres of stunning landscaped open space, Buckshaw enjoys spectacular countryside surroundings whilst benefitting from the convenience of its very own village centre.

This unique community hub features both shopping and leisure facilities.  It is surrounded by an extensive network of green mature woodland and thousands of newly planted trees.  The site is revolutionary as it also incorporates a series of waterways, footpaths, cycle ways and traffic calming schemes.

Brand new development, The Woodlands at Buckshaw is now open.  From February 2011 it will feature four new show homes; the Kingsville, the Alderney, the Patterdale and the Maidstone.  Buckshaw Village will benefit from two new show homes from the innovative Aspirations range, an Amethyst and a Peridot.


4th January 2011
Redrow launches new show homes for BUCKSHAW house hunters
Source: www.whathouse.co.uk

Many homebuyers will have seen in the New Year resolving to find the house of their dreams in 2011. Those searching for a new home in Buckshaw Village will soon have the opportunity to walk around a selection of brand new Redrow show houses.

The award-winning housebuilder is opening up a whole range of house styles for customers to experience first-hand the build quality, spacious interiors and high specification of fittings and finishes that come as standard on all their New Heritage Collection homes. Professionally decorated, the show homes will also provide inspiration for homebuyers looking for new interior design trends and tips on how to make the most of their brand new home.

Close to Chorley, Buckshaw Village is really taking shape and Redrow's Sandy Lane scheme provides a selection of luxury homes at this newly created community, which already boasts a business centre and has proposals for a new primary school, railway station, shopping centre and health and leisure facilities.

"While it would be impractical to have a show home for every house type, we've certainly got a varied selection at Buckshaw Village," says Lesley Myers, sales manager for Redrow Homes (Lancashire). "We've now opened the doors to a show village of six properties from our New Heritage Collection."

Two impressive show houses at Sandy Lane join those already available for viewing at the Village Green part of the site. The four-bedroom Richmond and six-bedroom Hampstead houses are typical of the high-quality home styles that comprise the New Heritage Collection: simple, traditional architectural lines, superb exterior detailing and impressive, modern interiors finished to the highest standard.

Prices at Sandy Lane range from £335,995 to £517,995, with buyers having a choice of four, five or six bedrooms and various en-suite bathroom and garaging options to cater for the most discerning of tastes.


5th September 2010
BUCKSHAW - THE SPRINGBOARD FOR SUCCESS
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

MORE than 100 new jobs are to be created after a major Olympic supplier firm announced a move to a Chorley industrial estate.

Production Glassfibre will be manufacturing the moulds required to make specialist diving boards for the London 2012 Olympics at state-of-the-art premises at Buckshaw Village.

The move is expected to create more than 100 new jobs and the company has already promised the jobs will be ring-fenced for local people.

Production Glassfibre is the UKs largest moulder of Glass Reinforced Plastics (GRP) and its products are used in industries such as health care, defence, construction and architecture, water and sewage, house building and motorsport; as well as Olympic diving boards.

Group managing director Steve Grossi said: "We are pleased to be coming to Chorley, it is the next major step in our development."

More...


12th August 2010
1,200 apply for 140 Tesco jobs in Chorley
Source: Chorley Citizen

More than 1,200 people have a applied for just 140 jobs at a new Tesco store near Chorley.

Bosses at the under construction Buckshaw Village superstore say they have been inundated with interest from jobseekers eager to become general assistants.

Interviews have already began for the £6.47 an hours roles, which are mainly part-time but include some full-time posts. More...

Buckshaw Village Tesco | Tesco Home Delivery


12th August 2010
Free FIRE SAFETY CHECK
Source: Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service

Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service Promote Free Home Fire Safety Checks Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service offer free Home Fire Safety Checks to every householder in the county.

These checks involve a crew visiting your home and giving fire safety advice, as well as fitting smoke alarms where necessary. Any resident within Lancashire can request one and they are completely free of charge.

The Home Fire Safety Checks include:

• Providing and install FREE 10-year smoke alarms where necessary.
• Giving life saving advice in the event of a fire in your home.
• How to make a fire escape plan for you and your family.
• Practical advice on identifying fire hazards in the home.

All Home Fire Safety Checks are carried out by employees of Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service who will show identification when they arrive.

To book a free Home Fire Safety Check, please contact us by calling Freephone 0800 169 1125 quoting SA003


30th July 2010
BUCKSHAW VILLAGE COMMUNITY CENTRE OPENED
Source: Chorley Citizen

The long-awaited community centre for Buckshaw Village has been opened.

The Mayors of Chorley and South Ribble, councillors Ken Ball and David Suthers handed the keys to village groups who will now use the building.

Located at the heart of the village in Unity Place, the centre is a multi-purpose venue that can be used for everything from sporting activities to afterschool clubs and parties.

Developers Redrow and Barratt invested approximately £525,000 in the building and a further £25,000 in landscaping, a car park and equipment.

More...


14th July 2010
KIMBERLEY-CLARK SIGN UP FOR DISTRIBUTION CENTRE
Source: Lancashire Telegraph

Kimberly-Clark has sealed a move into Lancashire which will see up to 140 jobs created.

The company will move into the former Wolseley distribution centre in Buckshaw Village, in a deal believed to be in the region of £24M.

The company, which includes households brands such as Kleenex, Andrex and Huggies, has signed the deal and outlined its timetable for getting the 360,000 sq ft distribution centre up and running. More...


9th June 2010
FREE EXPERT RELOCATING ADVICE
Source: Barratt Homes

Relocating can be stressful, and Barratt Manchester is dedicated to making your move into one of their stunning homes as simple and stress free as possible.

Homeowners are being offered a unique opportunity to Meet the Professionals a team of experts who will be on hand to offer invaluable guidance on everything from independent financial advice to part exchange schemes and MoveMaker opportunities.

Come and meet the team at Buckshaw Village, located between Dawson Lane and Euxton Lane, Chorley on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th June between 12pm and 4pm.

Sharing their knowledge and expertise will be Acumen Independent Financial Advisors, Peter Wilkinson from Smith Sutcliffe Solicitors, and Paul Davies and a representative from movewithus who are qualified to assist with part exchange and the MoveMaker scheme.


20th May 2010
Buckshaw Community FACILITY SET TO OPEN
Source: Chorley Guardian

After an 18 month delay, a £525,000 community centre is set to open. The facility in Buckshaw Village will officially open its doors for the first time on June 7.

The state-of-the-art building, which will include two badminton courts, a meeting room and police base, was set to be completed before the 500th property on the development was built.

The centre will be open to a host of different groups as well as providing a base for PACT and resident association meetings. More...


15th April 2010
THE WRITE MOVE FOR PR COMPANY
Source: Chorley Citizen

A Chorley businesswoman is returning to her roots, with a move to Matrix Park, Buckshaw Village.

Angela Smith, who runs leading Lancashire public relations and marketing agency, The Write Angle, has relocated from Preston into larger premises.

Manging director, Angela, who was born in Chorley, said the move was a milestone for the company. Last year the agency won Best Small PR Agency in the North West and Angela was shortlisted for the North West Women in Business Awards 2010 for Creative and Digital Business of the Year. More...


23rd March 2010
MORE OFFICE DEALS AT MATRIX PARK
Source: Place North West

Two office deals have been reported at Matrix Park in Chorley, Lancashire.

3D Marketing Group has taken 2,474 sq ft unit C3 on plot 1100 on a three year lease and public relations agency The Write Angle has bought a 2,474 sq ft office, complete with ten parking spaces, on plot 1200 for an undisclosed sum.

Ian Smith, of 3D Marketing Group, said: "We are delighted to be moving to our new head office on Matrix Park. As part of our on-going growth strategy, we were looking for a location that would be pleasant to work in and that customers and staff could get to easily. Matrix Park fulfils both criteria." More...


19th March 2010
MAKE THE MOVE TO BUCKSHAW VILLAGE WITH HOMEBUY DIRECT
Source: Easier.com

Chorley buyers spread their wings with HomeBuy Direct

Chorley home buyers can spread out in a spacious new home that’s reasonably priced thanks to a government-backed help scheme currently available at Buckshaw Village. Many buyers have already used HomeBuy Direct to make the move and join the thriving community of Buckshaw Village.

The money saving scheme gives eligible buyers access to an equity loan for up to 30% of the purchase price, which is interest free for the first five years. It is currently available on a wide range of homes at ‘Park Avenue’, one of the individual phases that make up Buckshaw Village.

Lesley Myers, area sales manager for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), says: “HomeBuy Direct is a good way for eligible purchasers to own a home at this popular development. “They will own 100% of the property from day one but can put off paying up to 30% of the asking price until a time when they have more funds available. They can start purchasing the remaining share in instalments after just 12 months.”

HomeBuy Direct is open to people who have an annual household income less than £60,000, including first time buyers, those re-entering the property market following a change in circumstances, eg. divorce or the breakdown of a relationship and potentially families needing room to grow. Lesley adds: “With Redrow matching the government pound for pound to provide the 30% equity loan, no need for a large cash deposit and the loan being interest free for the first five years, this is an excellent opportunity for people to own a larger home."

“The fact they potentially only need to borrow 70% of the purchase price should give our customers access to some of the better mortgage deals around and, with new homes easier to maintain, more energy efficient and potentially cheaper to run than older second hand properties, it all serves to make the new homes at Buckshaw Village more appealing.” More...


24th February 2010
Local Mayors launch new homes in Buckshaw Village
Source: Easier.com

The Mayors of Chorley and South Ribble joined forces to officially open four fully furnished show homes from Redrow’s New Heritage Collection at Buckshaw Village. The new urban village, which straddles the boundaries of Chorley and South Ribble borough councils, is the first to feature the award-winning developer’s exclusive New Heritage Collection, launched nationally this month.

The New Heritage Collection offers a premium housing product with more than a hint of nostalgia, influenced by the ‘Arts and Crafts’ era. Cllr Iris Smith, Mayor of Chorley, and Cllr Don Parkinson, Mayor of South Ribble, cut the ribbon to the four fully furnished show homes at The Village Green phase of Buckshaw Village, during an event attended by local estate agents, solicitors and other property professionals from the area.

Designed to be instantly recognisable, The New Heritage Collection – as seen at Buckshaw Village - features traditional looking homes with all the character of an older period style property; and none of the drawbacks. Their high-specification interiors meet the demands of modern lifestyles and they are significantly more energy efficient than their second-hand counterparts. One of the most popular and enduring of domestic architectural styles, the Arts and Crafts influence can be seen in many so-called ‘character’ homes from later periods, especially the 1920s and 1930s.

Christine Aitken, sales director of Redrow Homes (Lancashire), explains: “The new homes were designed with the help of feedback from our customers and consumer focus groups. Main points we took on board were most people’s desire for a conventional two-storey home, preferably detached, with an easily accessible garage and a garden of their own. “They also wanted something that looked traditional – maybe evocative of the home they grew up in - but with the latest, statement-making kitchens, bathrooms and quality fixtures and fittings."

“In reply, some of the key architectural influences, styles, shapes, colours and textures reflected in the Arts and Crafts movement have been brought right up to date with high-specification interiors styled for modern living. “It’s been an overwhelming success so far with 8 sales already at Buckshaw Village, with some people reserving off-plan even before the show homes were open and other customers signalling their intention to buy by signing up for ‘Mastermove’, which helps those with an existing property still to sell.” More...


17th February 2010
Business telecoms provider relocates to Matrix Park
Source: Place North West

Elite Telecom is moving to a new 8,880 sq ft office at Dawson House in Matrix Park in Chorley, Lancashire.

The company, which provides business telecoms services to small and medium sized businesses and multi-national clients including Air France/KLM, Intercontinental Hotels and P&O Ferries, is relocating 50 staff from its current headquarters in Rainford near St Helens.

Elite Telecom said it has seen consecutive growth in the past six years and has earmarked this latest move as the next phase of its expansion strategy. Matt Newing, chief executive of Elite Telecom, said: "Such has been the rate of our development in recent years, it soon became clear that we would need to relocate if we were to take the business to the next level. "In order to service our growing national and European client base, we wanted to find somewhere that offered top quality premises, excellent transport links and close to a pool of high quality telecoms talent as we recruit for growth. "Chorley and the Matrix business park delivered on all counts and we can't wait to get our feet under the table."

Matrix Park forms part of the Buckshaw Village project, which is a mixed use development by Redrow and Barratt Commercial. DTZ and King Sturge are joint agents on Matrix Park More...


7th February 2010
BUILDING WORK STARTS ON BUCKSHAW PRIMARY SCHOOL
Source: Lancashire Evening Post

Building work is finally underway at the long-awaited £5m Buckshaw primary school. The first sod of grass has been cut, marking the start of development for Trinity Church of England Methodist Primary School Buckshaw Village, as it has now been named.

The planned school, off Buckshaw Avenue, has been plagued by delays. Construction work on the building was supposed to begin in August last year, but was delayed by red tape. The school will still open on time in September 2010, although the building itself will not be complete until January 2011. Children will be taught off-site in the interim period. More...


10th January 2010
Redrow opens four new show homes at Buckshaw Village
Source: Redrow Press Release

Show homes are still the most important factor when choosing a new home, according to research by award winning house builder Redrow. So news of four new show homes opening at Buckshaw Village, near Chorley, next weekend (January 16/17) is a major plus for potential purchasers.

The four professionally designed and decorated, fully furnished properties combine traditional looking exteriors, evocative of years gone by, with a contemporary specification that’s perfect for modern lifestyles.

They promote the latest phase at Buckshaw Village, ‘The Village Green’, which features a new collection of three and four-bedroom detached family homes.

Christine Aitken, sales director for Redrow Homes (Lancashire), said: “On-line research by Redrow showed that well over half of would-be home owners consider a fully furnished show home to be the most important marketing tool in making their decision. Well, with our four new show homes at Buckshaw Village they’ll be truly spoilt for choice!

“It’s also the chance for them to get a sneak preview of our New Heritage Collection before it’s officially launched.”

The four new show homes have been designed to reflect the lifestyles of different types of purchaser, including a young professional couple who work hard and play hard, a young family and also a family with older children.

One home in particular, the four-bedroom detached ‘Cambridge’, has been given a glamorous makeover with worldwide appeal by interior design company Show Business.

Catherine Ogilvie, from Show Business, explained: “This show home has been designed around a family that likes to travel and every room reflects a different place in their globe-trotting itinerary. Wallpapers, fabrics, furniture and accessories reminiscent of different parts of the world are brought together in a subtle and surprisingly coordinated way.”

The open plan kitchen, dining and family room that spans the whole of the back of the house and has wide patio doors onto the garden is a convivial space that lends itself to 21st century living – a place where all the family can work, rest and play. Its décor brings back ‘memories’ of a safari in Africa, featuring textured wallpaper with the look and feel of animal hide and a neutral colour palette with black and ivory accent colours.

The lounge transports visitors to Bali, while the master bedroom has the luxurious feel of the most upmarket boutique hotel. The three remaining bedrooms have been designed around the New York yearnings of a stylish, shopaholic teenager, a snowboarding fanatic and a Disney-mad youngster.

The four show homes create a stunning shop window for The Village Green, where three and four-bedroom detached homes are currently priced from £179,995. They represent the latest phase of development at Buckshaw Village, a thriving new community between the bustling towns of Chorley and Leyland.

Along with the new homes, there is a successful business park and proposals for a district shopping centre, provision for a new railway station with park and ride facilities, a primary school, health centre and outdoor sports amenities.

Visitors to Redrow’s show home opening weekend will also be able to get mortgage advice from a financial adviser and find out how ‘Mastermove’ could help those with an existing property to sell. Redrow will arrange valuations, appoint an estate agent, organise the Home Information Pack and pay the estate agent’s fees at the end of the day.

To find out more, join Redrow at The Village Green, Buckshaw Village, on Saturday 16th or Sunday 17th January, between 10am and 5.30pm.


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