Liverpool City council is making an eleventh-hour bid to secure the 1m sq ft Amazon shed requirement at Stonebridge Cross in the north of the city – but could face another planning row over the troubled enquiry.
The council issued a statement on Friday saying it was in discussions with an unnamed party over a major commercial facility at the 60-acre site it owns in north Liverpool.
Over the weekend it emerged residents were being consulted by Birmingham-based Stoford Developments on behalf of Amazon ahead of a planning application.
However, the plans could spark objections from certain residents who prefer the original plans for Stonebridge Cross, which were up to 600 homes, a food store, secondary school for St John Bosco Arts College and a health centre.
It would not be the first planning row surrounding the proposed super-shed. In July, a High Court judge quashed a planning consent from 2011 by Halton council for ProLogis to develop the shed for Amazon at the Mersey Multimodal Gateway in Widnes.
Amazon was understood to have moved its attention to the former BICC Cables site in Knowsley and Praxis Holdings' Deeside site at former RAF Sealand.
Liverpool City Council is willing to rip up its original plans for Stonebridge Cross to land the coveted jobs. Stonebridge Cross is one of mayor Cllr Joe Anderson's strategic sites overseen by his newly formed Liverpool Mayoral Development Corporation. The existing masterplan for Stonebridge Cross was to be delivered by Regeneration Liverpool, a joint venture with Sigma Inpartnership. The JV would have to find other sites for the housing, school and food store if Stoford and Amazon take the land.
In its statement on Friday, Liverpool council said it 'remains committed to delivering the original plans for the site…on alternative land.'
Anderson added: "This is a hugely exciting proposal which has the potential to be a real game changer for this part of the city. It will create over a thousand quality jobs on a scale which has not been seen for many decades.
"This is really good news for a part of Liverpool that desperately needs jobs in order to be able to give the local community hope for the future, and will transform the lives of many people."
The council said a planning application is due to be submitted at the end of August, and if successful the scheme could be complete by autumn 2013.
All parties declined to comment further.