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Central Lancashire was a designated new town in Englandmarker. The designated area covers the towns of Prestonmarker, Leylandmarker (in South Ribblemarker) and Chorleymarker (in the borough of Chorleymarker). It was designated a new town by the Secretary of State for the Environment on 26 March 1970, the last designation to be made.

The largest of the English new towns, Central Lancashire New Town covered 35,255 acres (142 kmĀ²), and covered the entirety of the county borough of Preston, and parts of Chorleymarker, Fulwoodmarker, Leyland and Walton-le-Dalemarker, and also parts of Chorley Rural District and Preston Rural Districtmarker.London Gazette. 14 April 1970..

Central Lancashire New Town pioneered the use of Shared Ownership (a new 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 British Office for National Statistics gives a figure for the 'Preston urban area', covering Preston, Leyland, Chorley, Euxtonmarker and Wymottmarker, of 365,000

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Sir Francis Pearson, former MP for Clitheroe, was Chairman of the Central Lancashire New Town Development Corporation from 1971.

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