The East Lancashire Gateway was first announced in March 2004, and was a 90 acre site at Whitebirk boundaring with Knuzden, and Intack.
A greenfield site located on Hyndburn's western boundary, and situated in a semi-rural area, it adjoins open countryside in the Hyndburn Green Belt.
The site has direct access to Junction 6 of the M65.
The site, once development commences, will be marketed as a 'High Tech Business Park'
The site was to have new high tech industries, and supposedly create new jobs for Rishton and the surrounding area. Planning permission was sought shortly after this.
On the 9th July 2004 it was announced that the North West Development Agency, a branch of Lancashire County Council, had overspent by £200 million, and were stopping the Whitebirk development, which was to cost £60 million.
The land was to be bought from the Dunkenhalgh.
Once completed the business park will be known as "Lantern Park".
Telegraph, 9th July 2004.
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