PLANS to build a business park on the site of the former Leyland test track that could create up to 260 jobs have been unveiled.

The plans for the development, to be known as Titan Business Park, were submitted by PWA Planning on behalf of Preston-based Providence Gate Group Holdings to South Ribble Council.

The new business park will include office facilities, warehouse buildings, a petrol station, drive-through restaurant and car parks.

Province Gate Holdings director Charlie Openshaw said: “Our aim is to make this an attractive meeting place which complements the rest of the site.

“It will provide individuals working at, or visiting, these units the opportunity to eat, drink and work on site, without having to travel extensively.”

He added: “The frontage of the site will feature significant landscaping, to create an attractive, modern, and welcoming development.

“The petrol station, drive-through, and modern business park facility will provide a real focal point at the site entrance.

“We have received a very encouraging level of initial enquiries from local and regional companies looking to expand and relocate in this location.”

Leyland Test Track was first opened in the 1970s by Leyland Motors to test vehicles from its production line, but the site has now been in unused for more than a decade.

The new proposed site has been designed by Manchester-based Four Architects and will be accessed off Titan Way, close to Moss Side Industrial Estate.

PWA Planning senior planner Lydia Harper said: “Titan Business Park will provide high quality, modern office and commercial space and act as a vital new employment location.

“It’s estimated that this will create over 260 full-time jobs once fully operational, so this is great news for this part of South Ribble.”

Providence Gate has applied for full planning permission for two phases of the development and outline permission for a third phase.

If approved, the site is intended to be fully operational by the end of 2022.