Omega next phase gets go-ahead

Omega Warrington, a joint venture between RBS Real Estate Asset Management and Miller Developments, has been granted planning consent by Warrington Council for 2.1m sq ft of logistics and manufacturing space at the 575-acre Omega site.

Zone 7, a 150-acre site situated on Omega South, will provide build-to-suit development opportunities for units from 75,000 sq ft up to a single unit of over 1m sq ft. The outline approval also includes detailed plans for a new access road to Junction 8 of the M62 and a 35-acre wildlife preservation zone.

The delivery of Zone 7 is part of the wider Omega masterplan. Further outline planning applications will come forward later in 2014 for residential and mixed-use developments.

Andrew Sutherland, joint managing director for Miller Developments, said: "We and our partners, the Homes & Communities Agency and Warrington Council, have been working closely on the evolution of the masterplan for a considerable period of time. This represents the first of what we hope will be a series of planning consents that the Council will grant. We have been speaking to a number of potential occupiers over the last 12 months and the delivery of this consent, combined with the almost 1.75m sq ft of development that is already on site, will provide them with further confidence in our ability to meet their property requirements."

Construction is advanced at Omega South on a 583,000 sq ft unit for ASDA after planning was secured in November 2013. Brakes, Hermes, Travis Perkins and ASDA have all committed to Omega with over 1.6m sq ft of logistics premises either open or under construction.

Omega Warrington is a joint venture between Miller Developments and KUC Properties, part of The Royal Bank of Scotland Real Estate Asset Management, in partnership with landowner the Homes & Communities Agency and supported by Warrington Council and the Cheshire & Warrington LEP.

Archial was the architect for the planning application and GL Hearn was strategic communications and consultation advisor. GVA and JLL are the letting agents for logistics and manufacturing opportunities in Zone 7.

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