Final approval for 4m sq ft logistics park

Salford City Council and Wigan Council have ratified the approval given by Bolton Council last week for Harworth Estates to develop 4m sq ft of warehousing at Cutacre.

Due to the development's size and impact on the region, it had to be approved by all three councils before receiving outline consent.

The development, called Logistics North, will provide distribution and manufacturing units on a 250-acre site at junction 4 of the M61 near Bolton. Harworth will also create a new country park for the benefit of local people on 550 acres of surrounding land. Work on a new road an utilities into the site is expected to commence in spring 2014.

Harworth had already agreed to sell the first site to Aldi, the supermarket group, for its new 450,000 sq ft regional distribution hub.

Owen Michaelson, chief executive of Harworth Estates, said: "Our scheme will make a significant contribution to the North West's economy. We are fully committed to creating a first-class industrial and logistics centre that is likely to provide several thousand jobs in accordance with local planning policy."

Logistics North, which is located at the former Cutacre opencast coal mine site, will comprise 4m sq ft of bespoke buildings, ranging in size from 161,000 sq ft to 1m sq ft. Agents are Jones Lang LaSalle and DTZ, which also acted as planning consultant.

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