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Peel’s latest Ellesmere Port industrial project set for approval

Charlie Schouten

A 230,000 sq ft industrial and storage scheme on the former site of the Gulf Oil terminal in Ellesmere Port has been recommended for approval when Cheshire West & Chester’s planning committee meets next week.

Peel submitted an outline planning permission for nearly 230,000 sq ft of general industrial, storage and distribution space at the site off North Road.

Planning officers have recommended the scheme for approval at a planning committee meeting on 10 October.

AEW is acting as architect for the scheme, and has outlined two options for the site as part of the proposals.

The first includes a single large building of 230,000 sq ft in space, with a maximum height of 55 ft, while the second consists of two buildings of 137,000 sq ft and 90,000 sq ft.

Under the first option, HGVs would access the site by its northern entrance only, and under the second proposal HGV access would be via both the northern and southern site entrances.

The project has been submitted for planning without a pre-let, with Peel intending to build the scheme if a letting is secured.

Depending on the project’s final design, the scheme is estimated to create between 300 and 600 jobs.

The site, which forms part of the wider Pioneer Business Park development, formerly housed part of Gulf Oil’s storage terminal, which was dismantled in 2002.

Neighbouring occupiers include Scania, Interserve, and Regatta.

It also borders part of the proposed Rossfield Park housing development, which is being brought forward by Persimmon Homes, Anwyl Homes, and Peel.

Plans were granted for a car showroom on the site in 2010, but Peel’s new planning application means that this development will not now go ahead.

Council planning officers recommended the scheme for approval dependent on a financial contribution of £10,000 towards an off-site ecological and habitat management scheme, and the delivery of an ecological zone on adjacent land.

Other neighbouring Peel projects include a £120m manufacturing facility for Prowell at Lees Lane in September. Buckingham was named as main contractor for the first phase of the scheme last month.

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