SEVERAL major regeneration schemes for East Lancashire look set to share in a £12.3m funding bonanza.

Board members from the full Lancashire Enterprise Partnership will meet tomorrow at County Hall to consider Growth Deal unallocated funding recommendations.

Samlesbury Aerospace Zone, the collaboration with BAE, which will be hosting the north-west's advanced manufacturing centre alongside several hi-tech companies, is in line for £6.72m.

Another £2.79m is expected to be approved for the South East Blackburn Residential and Health Campus highways project, which should provide much-needed relief for the hospital traffic congested Haslingden Road.

And £1.4m has been earmarked for traffic relief work associated with Ellison Fold Way, in Darwen, under the Darwen East Development Corridor scheme.

Futures Park in Bacup, which is set to become the new home for Orthoplastics, after it relocates from its factory at Grove Mill, off Todmorden Road, is looking to secure £1.53m.

Bosses say the Orthoplastics development, on a vacant plot next to Lee Quarry, will generate 100 jobs for the valley. Work is expected to be completed by spring next year.

Graeme Collinge, from economic development consultants Genecon, told a previous Growth Deal management board that formal legal advice was being sought to clarify the position on State Aid for the aerospace zone and Futures Park projects.

This was expected to be received by mid-October and any funding allocations are expected to be contingent on the outcome of those representations.

The South East Blackburn scheme, part of an extension to the Pennine Gateway initiative, is said to be subject to a transport business case being completed during October.

Another £790,000 is still to be allocated from outstanding Growth Deal funding and a further £750,000 may be returned to the funding pot from an existing scheme. Skelmersdale town centre is set to receive £2m and another £1.2m is for a STEM technology centre.