Eddie Stobart HQ April 2019

Eddie Stobart resubmits plans for Appleton Thorn HQ

After a previous application was refused last year, the company has resubmitted plans for a 630,000 sq ft, £73m national distribution centre on Green Belt land off the M56.

Eddie Stobart Logistics had previously put forward a similar planning application for the scheme last autumn; this was for an additional 600,000 sq ft of warehouse space and a 30,000 sq ft office, developed alongside its existing facilities at the site in partnership with Liberty Properties.

However, although it was recommended for approval by planning officers, Warrington Council’s development control committee voted against the proposals, arguing that releasing the land from the Green Belt ahead of Warrington’s Local Plan would be “premature and wholly inappropriate”.

The decision has since been appealed for a review by the Planning Inspectorate.

Following a public consultation on a refreshed planning application in February, Eddie Stobart has resubmitted plans for the site, just off Junction 9 of the M56.

The company has argued the development will create at least 480 new jobs, and will add £18m to the local economy annually.

A spokesperson for Eddie Stobart said: “This is a significant milestone for the business as it looks to grow in Warrington, create new job opportunities and invest in the town.

“I am delighted that we have been able to explain the proposals in more detail to the local community and that many of those who took part in our consultation supported our ambitions.

“The scheme represents a unique opportunity for Warrington Borough Council to secure a £73million investment in the borough and create at least 480 new jobs in the town.

“We have always said that Eddie Stobart needs to build its new National Distribution Centre next to its HQ and Training Academy in Warrington. We’re pleased that we now have an opportunity to work with the planning authority to deliver this vision, on a site earmarked for Employment development in the emerging Local Plan.”

The professional team on the project includes architect RGP and planner Avison Young.

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Still an unwarranted intrusion onto green belt.

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