PLANNERS have approved the construction of a controversial mammoth warehouse which could bring 1,000 jobs to the area.

The unit, which is to cost around £35 million, is to be built on what was once a landfill site off Centurion Way in Farington, near Leyland.

Despite residents complaining the building will "ruin" their local area, planners have approved proposals submitted by developers Caddick Developments the second time round.

The matter first came before the committee in February and was deferred to allow for further discussions to take place between the applicant and officers, in consultation with residents, in response to issues raised with regards to the size and scale of the building among other issues.

Planners have now agreed to a lowered height of 18.5 metres for the building (down from 22 metres) and additional landscaping to ensure it stays more in-keeping with the area and shielded from homes.

Planning documents read: “Whilst it is recognised that the proposed building is substantial in scale, this is to accommodate the intended end use.

“It must be recognised that it is on an allocated employment site in a highly sustainable location where such uses are promoted.”

“The proposal is consistent with the aims of Policy E1 to ensure local job opportunities, providing the creation of upwards of 1,000 job roles.

“On that basis and on balance, the application is recommended for approval subject to the imposition of conditions.”

Once completed, the warehouse is expected to become a hub for several businesses which could provide employment for 1,000 people.