Progress for Duchy’s proposed Planks Business Centre site at Myerscough

Another Duchy project ' this Dunsop Bridge affordable housing scheme was nearing completion as the North Planks proposal was unveiled.
Another Duchy project ' this Dunsop Bridge affordable housing scheme was nearing completion as the North Planks proposal was unveiled.
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A Duchy of Lancaster smallholding off Garstang Road, Myerscough, currently marketed as a prospective business centre, is now “under offer”, according to agents.

But it’s not clear whether the proposed ten-unit business centre will go ahead or if the site will have a different use.

The Duchy has said it wants the site to support the social and economic development of the area and is prepared to invest to develop it.

Philip Coles, rural surveyor of lands at the Duchy of Lancaster, said: “Previously a small farm holding, the land at North Planks has been out of use since before the financial recession.

“The Duchy is committed to supporting the economic sustainability of the  area and we have been working with local stakeholders to develop the site as a speculative commercial space. 

“We are currently in discussions with an interested party regarding a long term project on the site at North Planks and are very encouraged by progress thus far.”

Mr Coles continued: “The Duchy takes its responsibility as landowner seriously and is willing to make a significant financial investment at North Planks in order to realise wider benefits for the local area through inward investment and job creation.

“We will continue to work with all those involved with the aim of ensuring the site supports the social economic development of the area.”

Proposals currently being marketed by joint agents Smiths Gore and Eckersley envisage a development of 35 to 314 square metres in two phases with flexible lease terms available.

Smiths Gore’s Clitheroe 
office describes it as: “A unique opportunity to occupy a 
high specification and eco-friendly business centre situated in a rural location yet providing good communication links.”

Proposals for North Planks were aired in the Duchy’s spring 2012 newsletter and planning approval was granted by Wyre Council in February 2012.

The development is envisaged as a mix of conversion and new build office buildings/suites in quality stone, brick and slate.