Nice-Pak proposes Wigan shed

Wet wipe manufacturer Nice-Pak International has applied for permission to build a 400,000 sq ft factory in Westwood Park, which Wigan Council has said would be the largest building ever built in the borough.

The planning application is the first that the council has received for the Westwood site, which is one of its key development areas. The land was formerly used for a power station and has been prepared for redevelopment by Wigan Council. Construction work on a £21m link road from the A49 through the site is due to start soon.

Nice-Pak currently has a factory in Hindley but needs to expand after seeing consistent growth over a number of years.

If the Westwood scheme goes ahead, Nice-Pak's 150 staff will relocate from Hindley and up to 100 new staff could be recruited.

Regional Growth Funding has been secured by the company, with the support of Wigan Council, for the relocation.

Cllr David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: "This is hugely exciting news and yet another vote of confidence in the economy of Wigan borough.

"That a business already based here is keen to expand within the borough in such an ambitious way shows Wigan is an attractive place to build and grow a business. Creating the conditions for economic growth and supporting the private sector is a key priority for the council."

The application will now be reviewed by council officers who will produce a report with recommendations for the planning committee to consider.

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