Meridian 6, Glenbrook P.inform Comms
The 40-acre site has been allocated for employment use in Wigan Council’s unitary development plan since 2006

Glenbrook submits 625,000 sq ft Wigan proposal 

Dan Whelan

The developer plans to create Meridian 6, a £70m employment park south of Lancashire Industrial Estate in Ashton-in-Makerfield. 

Glenbrook’s scheme is designed by AEW Architects, and Gerald Eve is the planning consultant. SGI is the civil and structural engineer for the project. 

The development would feature 625,000 sq ft of logistics space across a range of up to 12 small to medium sized units. 

The 40-acre site off Bolton Road has been allocated for employment use in Wigan Council’s unitary development plan since 2006.

Glenbrook predicts Meridian 6 could create up to 1,200 jobs. 

Subject to planning approval, the developer aims to start on site in the new year. 

Dan Symonds, development manager at Glenbrook, said: “Demand for industrial space is at an all-time high outstripping supply. Meridian 6 will provide much needed new accommodation whilst helping to secure new jobs and attract further investment to this area of Greater Manchester.” 

Dominic Page, associate at Gerald Eve, added: “Meridian 6 represents the last remaining strategic allocated employment site without planning permission in Wigan.  

“Meridian 6 will also help to reduce the pressure for development on unallocated and Green Belt sites in Wigan as developers struggle to find enough land to satisfy continued strong market demand.”   

The submission of plans for Meridan 6 comes at a time of extremely high demand for industrial space in the North West, exacerbated by the rapid growth of e-commerce during the pandemic. 

Last month, Tritax Symmetry was granted consent for a 1.4m sq ft industrial scheme on Green Belt land close to Junction 25 of the M6 in Wigan. 

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An absolute scandal if this is allowed. We already have heavr traffic on all roads in and out of Ashton, air pollution is high, and part of this site is green belt, home to many different types of wildlife. There are plenty of empty units in Wigan and the 1200 jobs is a fallacy. Most of them are construction, and they will disappear once the site is complete. Bolton Road is one of the main routes into Ashton and is already gridlocked on a regular basis.

By Lilian Johnson

The Amazon site in haydock promised 2500 jobs in reality only 100 were created. The traffic now on the East Lancs Road is dreadful and that is a dual carriageway , Bolton Road is not

By Ann Horgan

Total tosh…Re-develop all the empty industrial units around Wigan before destroying more greenbelt land. Absolutely disgusting what is happening.

By Carl Hodson

How are the areas around supposed to cope with this amount of traffic? Ashton is ridiculous now so i dread to think how devastating all this will be! I think the pollution and heavy traffic will make an already deeadful traffic situation even worse.

By Gwen

This cannot be allowed to go ahead the roads cannot cope with more traffic, the air pollution is already bad, the roads are falling to pieces with heavy traffic.
And the amount of wildlife living in the location that are going to be hit hard by this proposal is terrible, there are loads of units empty already and certainly no need to build more on what is left of our beautiful green belt. If this proposal is allowed to go ahead,
It would be a disgrace.

By Yvonne Roby

The Ashton community will fight this proposal all the way…and beyond. We need to protect greenbelt and improve our decaying Ashton road infrastructure.

By Cllr Danny Fletcher

I’ve watched this site for years and great to see this scheme finally come forward. Wigan continues to see employers go to other areas due to lack of employment land. It’s an allocated site so lets get going!

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