Logistics developer Tritax Symmetry’s hybrid application for a 1.4m sq ft business park in Winstanley has been recommended for approval by Wigan Council.
The application for Symmetry Park includes detailed proposals for 300,000 sq ft of employment space across 134 acres, and seeks outline consent for up to 1.14m sq ft of additional employment space at the business park.
Exact designs for the park are to be set in a later application, and access to the site is proposed from the A49 roundabout, according to the documents to be considered at the council’s planning committee next week.
The site falls within the Green Belt, but was identified in the Greater Manchester Spatial Framework as part of a proposed employment site allocation.
The land is bound by the M6 slip road and A49 Warrington Road to the east, by the M6 to the west, and farmland to the north.
The site was formerly a colliery until the early 1980s and currently houses farmland and associated buildings, including Highbrook Stables to the south-west corner of the site.
If approved, Symmetry Park has the potential to employ up to 1,653 people, Tritax Symmetry said. The plans represent a construction investment by the firm of £73m into Wigan plus £3m a year in business rates payments, it added.
Tritax Symmetry was created through logistics investor Tritax Big Box REIT’s acquisition of 85% of developer DB Symmetry last February, after the REIT raised £250m through a share issue to fund the acquisition.
Andrew Dickman, director of Tritax Symmetry, said: “New employment sites like Symmetry Park Wigan will mean that the town gets its share of Greater Manchester’s economic growth and can provide jobs for people closer to home.
“We have chosen this site due to its direct access to the M6, meaning logistics vehicles do not need to pass through residential areas.”
The scheme was designed by AEW Architects and Enzygo is the environmental consultant. CBRE is the agent.