Consultation on Warton Development Plan


We are announcing today (21st June) that we are beginning a period of consultation with our employees and local residents on a plan to develop a 19 acre plot of unused land on our Warton site.

The brownfield development proposal envisages a mixed-use development on the site of the former GEC Marconi adhesives factory, together with some adjoining land, on the periphery of our main site, off Mill Lane. The plans for the land, which has been unused for over 15 years and in need of regeneration, include proposals for a high quality business park with four modern office buildings, a food supermarket with petrol station, two non-food retail units, five industrial/commercial units, as well as a 25-bed hotel with linked pub and restaurant. The development is expected to generate 500 new jobs when complete. A new entrance to our site and improvements to Lytham Road are also planned, which should considerably ease congestion during peak times.

Today sees the start of a two week consultation period before an outline planning application is lodged with Fylde Borough Council. There will be a further 28 day statutory public consultation period once plans have been formally submitted.

Dave Holmes, Director of Investment and Strategic Planning said: “This is a development proposal in its early stages which is designed to make the best use of land that has remained unused for well over a decade, and for which we will have no future operational need as a business. Although at 19 acres this site is relatively small when compared to the 700 acres of the main Warton site, the planned development is nevertheless entirely consistent with the principles of the MoD’s Defence Industrial Strategy, which calls for the continuing transformation of the UK defence industry to the right size and shape”.

The plans for the development will be on view in the Ribble Restaurant on Monday 25th June and Monday 2nd July from 11.30am to 1.30pm While this is aimed primarily at those of our employees who also live locally, all Warton employees are of course free to look at what is being proposed. Separate arrangements have been made for our local residents to view the development plans at Warton Village Hall, from 10.30am to 6.30pm on the same two days, and this has been advertised in the local press.

We are keen to ensure that the consultation period helps inform the final shape of the development, which we believe will enhance facilities in the core of Warton village, help provide a full range of local amenities and bring with it a significant number of new jobs

supplied by Peter Fenton, June 2007