Amazon plans delayed by High Court challenge

Hale Bank Parish Council has started judicial review proceedings against Halton Council for allegedly "failing to consult adequately" over the 1.2m sq ft shed planned by ProLogis for the online retailer.

Barrister Dan Kolinsky of Landmark Chambers, acting for Hale Bank Parish Council, has submitted a request for judicial review to the High Court.

Amazon plans to employ 1,000 people at the regional distribution facility at the Mersey Multimodal Gateway, or 3MG, in Widnes. The 18-month construction of the new shed will now be delayed until after a judicial review hearing, for which a date has yet to be set.

ProLogis submitted a planning application for the £46m warehouse in July and planning permission was granted in September. Hale Bank argues that holding the statutory public consultation during August, when its councilors do not meet, was inadequate.

Halton said its statutory functions were all performed. No one from Halton or Amazon were available for comment on Thursday. Halton Council is advised by Savills.

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As long as the books (non perishable goods) arrive via the nearby docks on the Ship Canal they build a shed twice as large for me

By don draper