Govt pauses £180m Warrington industrial project
The secretary of state is rethinking the decision not to call in the outline application for Six56, a 3.1m sq ft industrial scheme from Langtree and Panattoni.
The project would sit on Green Belt off Junction 20 of the M6. It was approved by Warrington Council in March.
In May, the Department of Levelling Up, Housing & Communities sent a letter stating that secretary of state Michael Gove would not use his power to call in the application.
“The government is committed to give more power to councils and communities to make their own decisions on planning issues,” the letter read, adding that the department “believes planning decisions should be made at the local level wherever possible”.
But a new letter received by the council from the department appears to show that Gove has changed his mind. This letter directs the council to not approve the application so that the secretary can reconsider if he wishes to call it in.
John Downes, group chief executive of Langtree, said his company would continue to pursue the project.
“Six56 is a sound proposition based on evidence of demand and location within the borough and we remain totally committed to the scheme,” Downes said.
He continued: “It represents an excellent opportunity to help meet the government’s levelling-up agenda as well as allowing us to engage with Warrington’s local supply chain to multiply the value of our investment. We will now take advice and keenly await further guidance from the Secretary of State.”