DBS Pochin expands ambitions in Middlewich

The approval of Middlewich’s £58m bypass has led developers DB Symmetry and Pochin’s to submit a planning application to build 190,000 sq ft of industrial and distribution accommodation at its flagship logistics park, MA6NITUDE.

The JV had previously submitted an application for a 160,000 sq ft facility, designed by AEW Architects, as part of the first phase of development on the 1.75m sq ft site, but said it adjusted its plans following Cheshire East’s announcement of its preferred route for the road, which was approved by the Department for Transport last week.

Plans are now in place to bring to market a larger development comprising two single occupancy units of 149,000 and 41,000 sq ft on Plot 1A. The occupiers will join the likes of Wincanton, B&M Retail and Scottish Power Energy Networks on the park, which has provisional approval for industrial units as large as 600,000 sq ft.

Pochin’s director Bob Nicholson said: “The boost that Middlewich and the wider area will receive from the new bypass has been well documented. We’ve been long-time supporters of Cheshire East Council’s plans and we expect the road to play an integral part in linking more than a million economically active people to the area.

“Our plan for the three-phased development of MA6NITUDE extends beyond the next 10 years, so we’ve been more than happy to adapt our short-term plans to accommodate such an important development for Middlewich.”

DB Symmetry’s development director, Dan Burn, added: “Due to the ongoing shortage of speculative development in the North West, there is a real opportunity for us to capitalise on the demand that exists and further reinforce its position as a major strategic logistics hub.

“Whilst the 149,000 sq ft still caters for the wider regional logistics market that we had originally been targeting with our previous application, switching the site has allowed us to cater for more local occupiers where we are currently seeing strong demand.”

Should the application be successful, the JV hopes to be onsite early in the New Year with completion expected in the third quarter of 2018.

Savills, B8RE and Legat Owen are the retained agents on scheme. HOW Planning advised on the application.

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