20 March 2013
Telereal Trillium has submitted an outline planning application to Wyre Council for the regeneration of the 18-hectare Norcross site in Thornton Cleveleys.
The site, five miles north of Blackpool, will be vacated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in autumn 2013 and the application is the first stage in bringing the site back into productive use.
The proposals include five hectares of residential development, a 40,000sq ft supermarket, a sheltered housing scheme and nearly three hectares of employment land, and they have been drawn up in consultation with DWP, Wyre Council and the local community, with all parties wishing to maximise the regeneration prospects of this major brownfield site.
A spokesman for Telereal Trillium commented:
“Following our successful public consultation exercise earlier this year, for which we would like to thank all those who took part, we are delighted to have submitted the application so far in advance of DWP’s vacation of the site. We are committed to bringing the site back into productive use as quickly as possible so it can continue to make a positive contribution to the local economy and this is an important step in that process.”
DWP currently occupies the majority of the site and, as part of its rationalisation of its estate on the Fylde Peninsular, will be moving most of the existing workforce to other nearby locations over the summer.
The site will continue to be an important employment location, with 840 jobs in Clarke and Tomlinson House remaining as well as the potential new jobs in the 2.8 hectares of employment land in the new scheme.
The new proposals provide a more balanced mix of uses that increase the attractiveness of the site to the various markets and allow the site to make a more balanced contribution to the community.
GL Hearn is providing planning, communications and agency advice on the project; PRP is the masterplanner; and Curtins Consulting is the highways and environmental consultant.