THOUSANDS of jobs could be created if proposals for a massive business park in Northwich are approved next month.
The full extent of the multi-million pound scheme was revealed this week.
Planning chiefs have been told by Commercial Developers Project Ltd that the 17-hectare business and retail park on the Lostock Triangle would include two hotels, restaurant facilities and offices which could employ up to 4,600 people.
Local residents have voiced concerns over potential traffic problems.
But the chairman of Lostock Parish Council, Shaun Wells, says that as long as that issue is resolved, it would be great news.
He said: 'If this is going to go ahead we need to get the best deal for local people.
'It is just an empty field and it is not as if it is the world's best beauty spot and my own view is that it is a good thing.
'There is no reason why it should not increase the amount of people using public transport, increase property values and make more jobs available.
'It is going to be a big change for Lostock Gralam but it does not have to be a bad change.'
Planning chiefs say they will ensure traffic concerns can be overcome before the plans are approved. The council is in the process of drawing up a legal agreement with developers to ensure a range of highways and environmental improvements.
Richard Ellison, head of planning and building control at Vale Royal, said the things the council are hoping to secure from developers include:
A buffer zone to minimise the impact on residential properties.
A car parking management plan.
A bus route into Northwich town centre.
Improvements to Lostock railway station and surrounding area.
A nature conservation management plan.
Cllr Wells added: 'We have to try and minimise the impact on residents, such as by introducing parking permits. But I think car parking problems could be overcome.'
Proposals will go before councillors next month and, as the land is allocated for employment use, it is likely to be looked upon favourably.
The application for the site, between Manchester Road and the A556, is to allow development in principle - applications would have to be submitted for individual developments.