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The Neovia site sits off the A57. Image from Google

Change of use sought to seal Tenmat move

Neil Tague

Plans that will support the advanced materials company’s relocation from Trafford Park to 200,000 sq ft in Irlam have been lodged with Salford City Council.

The applicant is Athora UK, a joint venture managed by Oxenwood Real Estate, which owns the site.

Advised by Maddox Planning, Oxenwood is seeking permission for a change of use from storage to general industry at the Neovia Logistics site at Frank Perkins Way, within the Northbank industrial park.

According to the planning statement lodged by Maddox, a consent will allow Tenmat to replace Neovia at the site, and convert the main building.

Tenmat, currently based at Ashburton Road West, Trafford Park, makes products including bearings, engineering ceramics, high-temperature resistant materials, hard metals and passive fire protection solutions. The company has an in-house R&D team.

A change of use is being sought for the larger of the two warehouse buildings on the Neovia site, consented in 1999, this building has a gross internal area of around 194,000 sq ft – the supporting building, a 12,000 sq ft construction approved in 2006, will remain as is in planning terms.

Minor external amendments are proposed at the building, which sits alongside the AM57 Cadishead Way. The site is currently used by the Perkins Engine Company.

Maddox’s documentation said that the project is compliant with development plan policy, contextual, brings continued employment to the site, and will improve the existing estate.

The professional team also includes PHP Architects, transport planner SCP and GeoSmart Information.

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