BUILDING work on the Lostock Triangle is imminent after plans for the first phase were passed.

Vale Royal Borough Council approved Commercial Development Project Ltd's application, which will include space for 450 cars and 14 office buildings, last week.

Residents in Manchester Road had objected saying it was not appropriate for the village, but planning chiefs agreed with their officer's recommendation.

"The proposed development is considered to comply with policy and guidance contained within the Lostock Triangle brief," said Claire Coombs in her report.

"Subject to the satisfactory receipt of amended plans to address highways issues a positive recommendation is offered."

The land, flanked by the A556 bypass, Stubbs Lane and Manchester Road, has been earmarked for commercial use since the late 1990s and will eventually accommodate 23 units, two hotels, a restaurant and convenience store.

Plans in principle were approved last January marking the end of a lengthy struggle in which councillors and residents raised fears about traffic chaos and the impact on their life.

Lostock Parish Council has asked to be consulted at every stage of the development to ensure they can answer residents' questions.

Before work can begin the developers must submit an amended plan that includes planting along Manchester Road that will act as a buffer between the development and residents' homes.

Vale Royal Borough Council must also approve all building materials.

Another condition restricts workmen's hours on site to between 7am to 7pm from Monday to Saturday and bans them from working on Sundays and public holidays.