Industrial landlord Segro has been granted a ten-year planning consent from Rochdale Council for Heywood Distribution Park through the creation of a Simplified Planning Zone.
Advised by planners Barton Willmore, Segro will now be able to build and extend warehouses at the 2.5million sq ft distribution park within certain heights and design parameters without need for individual applications.
Buildings at the park can be constructed up to 21 metres high, which will allow an operator to use the extra height of the unit to store more stock without having to lease a larger building, a unique selling point for a developer, Segro said.
There are currently only two other SPZs in the UK; Slough Trading Estate, Slough and Kings Norton Business Centre, Birmingham.
Chris Billington, development manager at Segro, said: "The announcement that the park has been granted an SPZ is great news for the town of Heywood. The SPZ will provide planning certainty and will speed up the development process. The approval will help to stimulate economic growth, encourage investment and bring new jobs to the area. We have worked closely with the council and the local community on this application, which will bring new employers to the area and allow existing companies to expand with ease on the park."
Mark Sitch at Barton Willmore added: "We have worked extremely hard to gain support for this permission, which wouldn't have been possible without the tremendous help we received from the local council. With such a complex application engaging positively with key stakeholders and general public was a critical part of gaining backing for the SPZ because it allowed us to communicate with the local community to help them understand our proposals and the potential benefits that the SPZ could deliver for the borough."