Central Lancashire is a term used since 2008 for joint planning by the Lancashire districts of the City of Preston, the Borough of South Ribble and the Borough of Chorley, referring to the area covered by the three districts. A joint Local Development Framework is being prepared.
Previously, Central Lancashire New Town was the largest of the English new towns, designated in 1970 and covering 35,255 acres (143 km2): the County Borough of Preston, parts of Chorley, Fulwood, Leyland, Walton-le-Dale, Chorley Rural District and Preston Rural District.
Its Development Corporation, abolished in 1986, pioneered Shared Ownership (a form of property ownership introduced by the Housing Act 1980) and also witnessed the first transfer of social housing stock to registered Housing Associations following tenant consultation and ballots.
The officially estimated population in 2009 was 347,600.
The Office for National Statistics gives the 2011 population of the Preston Built-up Area, covering Preston, Leyland, Chorley, Bamber Bridge, Fulwood, Hutton, Longton, Adlington, Grimsargh and Euxton, as 313,322. This area replaced the 2001 definition of Preston Urban Area which then had a population of 264,601.
- Sir Francis Pearson, former MP for Clitheroe, was Chairman of the Central Lancashire New Town Development Corporation from 1971.
- Preston, South Ribble, Chorley: Central Lancashire, retrieved 13 November 2011
- London Gazette. 14 April 1970.
- "2011 Census - Built-up areas". ONS. Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- (2004) "Census 2001: Key Statistics for urban areas in the North", Office for National Statistics, ISBN 0-11-621744-8 , Table KS01, p.24. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
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