Marshall’s £65m Widnes industrial tipped for consent
The developer wants to build a 545,000 sq ft logistics unit on 54 acres off Lovels Way next to Alstom Rail Technology Centre.
Halton Council has recommended Marshall CDP’s scheme be approved when its planning committee meets next week.
An officers report states that the £65m project “will not have a significant detrimental impact on the environment” and could create up to 500 jobs.
The development, which includes 33,000 sq ft of offices, would be built immediately south of Alstom’s Transport Technology Centre.
Alstom won planning consent for a 552,000 sq ft logistics scheme on the site in 2016 but only the first phase of the project, 120,000 sq ft of employment space, was delivered.
Marshall’s scheme includes two security gatehouses, an electricity substation, a sprinkler tank pump house, and a vehicle wash facility. A total of 380 car parking spaces are proposed along with 102 cycle spaces.
Access to the site will be obtained from the existing roundabout at the end of Lovels Way, which was constructed as part of the Alstom Transport Centre.
Marshall lodged a planning application for the 545,000 sq ft Widnes industrial unit with Halton Council in February.
The formal submission followed a public consultation on the scheme, which was led by planning consultant Avison Young.
The project team also features Curtins, ALLP Landscape.