Amazon shed plan goes to committee

A planning application made by a joint venture between Midlands-based developers Gallan Estates and Stoford to build the long-mooted 1m sq ft Amazon for its egional distribution bse will be discussed by Liverpool City Council next week.

The application is for a 110,000 sq m or 1.2m sq ft storage and distribution unit on a 54-acre site at Stonebridge Cross, Croxteth. The site was linked with the Amazon requirement more than a year ago but issues arose that delayed design and cost appraisals, including diverting a stream that runs through the site. These issues are understood to have been resolved.

The council-owned land falls within one of the city's Mayoral Development Zones, set up to address issues of skills and employment, infrastructure and connectivity, business growth, enterprise and quality of place.

Amazon is also believed to be considering sites in Widnes and Ellesmere Port, with developers Prologis and Bericote respectively.

The Widnes site was subject to a judicial review brought by Hale Bank Parish Council which quashed a planning consent given in 2011.

Mayor Cllr Joe Anderson said: "Securing planning approval will be a vital piece in the jigsaw in securing an end user in this very fast moving sector of the economy."

The council's planning committee is due to decide on the application on Tuesday 19 November.

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