Chancerygate looks to expand £20m Mersey Reach

The industrial developer expects to receive permission next week to add 7,000 sq ft to its existing 95,000 sq ft consent for 12 units at the former Peerless Edible Oils factory near Liverpool, in response to high market demand.

Chancerygate won planning consent in 2017 to develop the 13.5-acre site at Dunnings Bridge Road near the Port of Liverpool in Sefton, close to Peel Ports’ deep-water terminal, into a 212,000 sq ft industrial complex.

It is nearing completion on the first phase of approximately 115,000 sq ft of light industrial units and is now hoping to slightly expand the second phase of the scheme.

Mike Walker, Chancerygate’s development director and head of the Warrington office, said: “We are very encouraged by the success of phase one of Mersey Reach, so we are looking to bring forward the second phase.

“This application is a redesign of phase two to take advantage of the demand for urban logistics space in the North West, and the phase would comprise approximately 100,000 sq ft across 16 units.

“If consent is granted, we will be looking to undertake development on a speculative basis as soon as is practical.”

Under the proposals lodged with Sefton Council, Chancerygate would replace two previously approved units (Units A1 and A2) with three units (known as A1, A2 and A3), which would subdivided into a total of 12 units.

Access arrangements would be unchanged from the previous consented application, with the three units afforded access from both Heysham Road and the existing service road on Dunnings Bridge Road (the A5036). All exits from the site remain via the Heysham Road access point, according to the planning documents.

The first phase of the £20m Mersey Reach, once complete, will deliver four industrial units, a petrol filling station and a drive-through coffee shop.

The whole of the docklands site sits next to an existing Bestway distribution centre.

Savills is the planning consultant on the scheme.


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