RADWAY 16
Three of Radway 16's six units are expected to win full consent

Partners advance 800,000 sq ft Cheshire industrial

Neil Tague

Tilstone Industrial and St Francis Group’s plans to deliver 803,000 sq ft at the former BAE Systems Radway Green site near Alsager are set for approval, with 373,000 sq ft in line for detailed consent.

The plans, due to be heard at Cheshire East’s strategic planning board on 24 February, come from Tilstone Industrial and Corbally Group (Radway), part of the St Francis Group. Approval is recommended by planning officers.

Tilstone and St Francis are seeking detailed consent for Units 1,2 and 6, comprising 208,000 sq ft, 143,000 sq ft and 22,000 sq ft respectively – Unit 6 being divisible into units of 10,000 sq ft, 7,000 sq ft and 5,000 sq ft.

Of the remaining three units, Unit 3 is mapped out at 240,000 sq ft, Unit 4 at 65,000 sq ft and Unit 5 at 125,000 sq ft, making for a combined 430,000 sq ft.

The scheme, billed as Radway 16, should land in a market still keen for new large-scale space, following a year of massive take-up at a time when several large schemes have been delahyed by call-ins.

The 40-acre site sits within a former Royal Ordnance factory complex acquired by defence firm BAE Systems in 1987 for continued production of bullets and other ammunition. BAE continues to lease part of the wider site.

Tilstone and St Francis’ plot is no longer owned by BAE and has already been demolished and cleared.

BHP Design is the project’s architect.

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