Developer St Modwen has secured planning permission for the first phase of development of Chamberhall Business Park in Bury.
Bury Council’s planning committee voted in favour of the plans on Tuesday, enabling delivery of the 130,000 sq ft first phase of the business park.
St Modwen, which expects to confirm its contractor within weeks ahead of enabling works, said it hopes to be on site with the main 12-month phase of construction this summer at the 17-acre site, off the A65 Peel Way.
The initial phase will see the development of industrial units ranging from 2,500 to 24,000 sq ft, a segment of the market it believes is under-served by existing stock in the area.
Units will be positioned in three terraces off a central boulevard, along with two larger detached units and a serviced development plot capable of accommodating design and build requirements.
The two self-contained buildings are to be 24,000 sq ft and 16,000 sq ft, with the D&B site able to accommodate up to 25,000 sq ft. Each of the terraced buildings will be divisible in various configurations, with the largest, Block B, offering a total of 55,000 sq ft. Nolan Redshaw and Knight Frank are retained agents.
Andrew Day, asset manager at St Modwen, said: “Planning approval is the next stage in the delivery of Chamberhall Business Park, following St. Modwen’s selection as development partner by the council and the signing of the development agreement last year.
“The scheme we are developing will bring high quality industrial units to Bury, which we know are in great demand, and will enable expanding local businesses to move premises or provide accommodation for business looking to relocate to the town.
“We are really encouraged by the interest we have already received from potential occupiers and hope to announce a significant pre-let in the near future.”
The phase two site sits between phase one and the Greater Machester Police building close by, and could accomodate a mix of offices and leisure as well as industrial.
North of the town centre and close to the M66, the Chamberhall site has been allocated for employment for a number of years. Cllr Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said: “Creating jobs and attracting investment into our borough is a key priority for the council. Chamberhall is a superb town centre location, on a brownfield site, and will play a vital role in contributing to the achievement of that goal.”
Trees on site are to be cleared, with the developer including “significant” on site landscaping in lieu, in addition to a £30,000 payment to re-plant trees in areas where they can be of greater benefit to the public.
St Modwen’s professional team includes planning consultant NJL Consulting, RPS, Pozzoni, Nolan Redshaw, Knight Frank, Atkins, Hopkins Coates, Rodgers Leask and Pinsent Masons.