Warrington Site
The Haydock Stret site is part-occupied by a gym. Image from Google

Snow tries again with Warrington site

Neil Tague

A developer rebuffed in November with plans for three industrial units on Haydock Street in the town centre has submitted refreshed plans.

Snow (North West) intends to build out light industrial or trade counter space on the site of the Haydock Street Business Centre, which was mostly destroyed by fire in 2016. The proposal is for three units totalling 3,346 sq ft

The new plans will act as an extension to the site’s remaining building, which is occupied by the Momentum Collective gym. Accessed from John Street, the site’s total size is 12,279 sq ft.

The plot sits close to the Halliwell Jones Stadium in what has become a popular area for development in recent years. Applciations to progress include refurbishments such as YP’s hotel scheme at Parr’s Bank on Winwick Street, while larger projects include Iliad’s long-awaited WireWorks.

November’s application was dismissed at committee due to a lack of information around pedestrian and vehicle access, with issues outstanding including heavy goods vehicle access, safe pedestrian passage, safe disabled parking and reuse collection.

Dixon Architecture is advising the applicant, and along with transport consultancty Via Solutions has sought to address those concerns in the application’s documentation, with plans outliniing how diabled parking and space for large vehicles would be delivered.

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This isn’t land that should be going forward for industrial / trade counter development. This whole area is ripe for regeneration and will eventually become an extension of the growing town centre.

The proposed use would be very short sighted by WBC in my opinion but given they have yet to publish the final 2017 – 2037 Local Plan, I always expect the worst.

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