The developer yesterday opened consultation on a proposed 1.25m sq ft extension of Bredbury Industrial Estate in Stockport.
The estate, close to junction 25 of the M60, is currently home to more than 100 businesses. Quorum believes that new space at the site will attract and accommodate manufacturing, e-commence and logistics businesses currently stymied by a lack of flexible and modern employment space.
Quorum, which intends to submit an outline planning application this year, said that more than 300 jobs will be created during the construction phase and estimates a further 2,214 jobs once Bredbury Gateway is open for business, with the estimated increase in business rates for Stockport Council being around £3.5m per year if fully occupied.
The proposed scheme includes a new pedestrian and cycle link to Stockport Sports Village, which will also link the extension to public transport. A 131-space car park for the sports village will also be delivered.
A public exhibition will be held at Stockport Sports Village between 2.30pm and 7.30pm on Thursday 14 June, with the development team on hand and feedback forms available. A website has been launched and more than 4,000 newsletters distributed.
Paul Cook, director of Quorum, said: “Whilst Stockport has shown that it is open for business, there is a shortage of deliverable and sustainable sites for future strategic employment development in the borough, which risks the area missing out on investment and job creation to elsewhere.
“Over the last decade, Greater Manchester has become a hotbed for new e-commerce, logistics and manufacturing schemes that have created thousands of highly skilled and well-paid jobs. Bredbury Gateway will strengthen Stockport’s foothold in these dynamic sectors and is a unique opportunity to create more exciting and rewarding career paths for the local population.
“We see great value in providing much needed new infrastructure for a community hub in Stockport Sports Village, as well as supporting the regeneration of the Brinnington area by creating nearby employment opportunities for residents. We look forward to gaining feedback from local people on our plans, and working closely with the community to maximise the benefits for the area.”