Prologis tries again to deliver Amazon shed

Paul Unger

Prologis UK has submitted a revised planning application for its proposed 1.2m sq ft distribution centre for Amazon in Widnes.

Halton Council's approval of an earlier application was quashed by the High Court last year following a judicial review called by opponents at Hale Bank Parish Council.

The revised application includes updated environmental statement, site plans and noise assessment.

Prologis, advised by Oxalis Planning, cites the introduction of the government's National Planning Policy Framework since the initial application as a significant change to planning policy relating to its application. Prologis said the NPPF expects local authorities to "take positive decisions" and "proactively drive and support sustainable economic development".

The developer also states that Halton has since adopted its core strategy and that it endorses the 79-acre development site as the only suitable location for the 1m sq ft warehouse.

Amazon launched an extensive search for an alternative site after the High Court decision but ultimately all talks with other landowners failed to produce a solution.

If successful this time Prologis would build a dedicated rail siding, the warehouse with mezzanine and offices, lorry yard, 800 car parking spaces, waste management area, bus stops, landscaped open space, bunds and retain community footpaths.

The High Court decision last year related to inadequate public consultation by Halton and policy conflicts over use of greenfield land for development.

Under a separate project, a road into the development site is already under construction following award of £10m public funding for the new infrastructure

Public consultation into Prologis UK's plans will run until 21 May.

All parties declined to comment further.

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