Approval has been granted for a 1.4m sq ft logistics park off junction 25 of the M6 motorway near Wigan.
Tritex Symmetry’s plans propose the creation of a 300,000 sq ft warehouse, with outline permission for a further 1.14m sq ft.
Symmetry Park represents a construction investment of £73m from Tritax Symmetry and will provide £3m in business rates payments per year to Wigan Council once operational.
Construction of the first two units is due to start later this year, with completion of the entire scheme targeted for 2027.
The 134-acre site, a former coal mine, was identified by Wigan Council for strategic employment uses in 2012 but a Government inspector decided the site should not be removed from the Green Belt and allocated for employment purposes.
In April 2018 the site was identified as suitable for logistics development in Wigan Council’s Employment Land Position Statement and Tritax submitted its plans the following August.
Andrew Dickman, director of Tritax Symmetry, said: “Logistics is hugely important for the Northern Powerhouse. Well-positioned, high quality developments such as this will be crucial to providing a platform for occupiers to take advantage of what is a rapidly growing sector.”
Leader of Wigan Council, Cllr David Molyneux said: “This is a major opportunity for our borough in terms of economic development and providing employment opportunities.
“Local people and key organisations with a significant interest in this development have been consulted and their feedback was carefully considered by committee in line with local and national planning policy.”
The plans are subject to final agreement from the Secretary of State.
The project team includes AEW Architects, planning consultant CBRE, Crofts, Redmore, TEP, REC, Enzygo and RSK.