The final plot of land at a former armaments factory has been sold to housebuilders for development.

BAE Systems said that the land on at the former Chorley ROF has been sold to Persimmon Homes and Redrow Homes.

This brings to an end the BAE Systems’ involvement in the main part of the redevelopment of site.

ROF Chorley was mobilised in 1939 and was one of the two largest filling factories in the country.

The 928 acre site, which was built between Euxton and Leyland, had a 9 mile perimeter fence which until privatisation was guarded by was to become the (MOD Police) Force.

The site covered woodland, open fields, streams and large ponds and employed 35,000 people at the peak of the war and provided essential war time ammunition to British armed forces.

It accommodated up to 20,000 ‘residents’ from around the country and indeed around the world - with a contingent from the United States billeted on site.

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle, said: “This is an important moment in our local history.

“Now, when you drive through Buckshaw Village it is hard to believe that it used to be the site of the ROF.

“Chorley ROF played a vital role in nearly every conflict from 1939 up until the first Gulf War.

“Stages of production of the Dambusters bouncing bomb took place here.

“Then, in 1992 when the Gulf War broke out and bomb casings from WWII that had been mothballed at the arsenal at Heapey were brought back to Euxton.

“The factory operated 24 hours a day to refill the shells and ensure they were shipped to the Gulf.

“Chorley ROF has a proud history and Buckshaw Village has a very bright future.”