Queen’s royal jobs boost

Paul Clarke
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GREATER Garstang is set for a right royal jobs boost – with the official backing of the Queen.

Scores of jobs are to be created over the next few years at the former North Planks Farm, Bilsborrow.

Royal landowner the Duchy of Lancaster has been given permission to convert and revamp the old farm complex into a ‘green’ Rural Business Centre.

Over the next few years, the disused farm, which has its own courtyard, will become a rural powerhouse, generating up to 80 jobs.

The Duchy will convert some of the old buildings, as well as build new ones, to create business bases for companies which are outgrowing their current premises.

It will also house baby businesses that have outgrown the incubator business base at nearby Myerscough College.

The move has been welcomed by Brock ward councillor Pete Murphy.

He said: “I am delighted at the approval.

“This project will give new ventures the chance to flourish in an environment that gives them some security.”

Duchy chief executive Paul Clarke said: “We’re delighted to have received planning permission for our rural business centre, and are now seeking a potential occupier for the scheme.

“We are very interested to hear from any small to medium-sized businesses that are interested in moving into high-quality office accommodation.

“The approved plans include 10 units ranging from 35sq.metres to 107sq.metres designed to meet the needs of local businesses, including those that have outgrown the Myerscough college business incubator development.

“In line with the Duchy of Lancaster’s commitment to sustainability, we are considering green technologies such as sheepswool insulation, greywater recycling, solar panels, and heating and water provided by heat pumps.

“We will start work on site when an occupier has