HBD submits planning for new Lancashire industrial scheme

HBD has submitted planning permission for 245,000 sq. ft. of industrial and logistics space; the first step of a long-term regeneration strategy for a 10-acre site in Skelmersdale.

The developer purchased Allied Business Centre in 2021 in a £4.75m deal and has begun looking at potential plans for the future redevelopment of the site. The proposed scheme, Skelmersdale 245, would provide much-needed industrial space in a key location.

Vivienne Clements, Executive Director at HBD, said: “Along with the growth of HBD’s development pipeline, we also remain focused on expanding our investment portfolio – the acquisition of Allied Business Centre formed part of that strategy. It’s positive to be able to submit planning for the site and begin to think about its redevelopment prospects.

“There remains a significant shortage of Grade A industrial stock across the North West – the huge demand for well-located space was demonstrated at Preston EAST, a scheme we developed speculatively, where phase one was fully let well in advance of PC. This is an excellent location and would inject much-needed stock into the market to meet future need. Sustainability will also be a key focus for us, with the scheme targeting BREEAM Excellent.”

Part of the Henry Boot Group, HBD is one of the UK’s leading property developers. It is currently working with a £1.25bn development pipeline across industrial and logistics, urban regeneration and residential. It has an impressive track record in the delivery of strategic industrial and logistics development, with the likes of Wakefield Hub, Markham Vale and Preston EAST creating thousands of new jobs and securing vital inward investment.