Langtree said the site will address regional under-supply in logistics. Credit: via Merrion Strategy

Path cleared for £180m Warrington industrial

Secretary of State Michael Gove has decided against calling in the 3.1m sq ft Six56 development proposed by Langtree and Panattoni.

The scheme was granted outline consent locally in March, a decision that due to the scale of the project was automatically referred to central government to review.

However, Gove has decided a public inquiry into the development, near Appleton Thorn, is not required.

SGP is the architect for the project and Spawforths is the planning consultant.

Langtree said that the decision gives the green light to 4,000 new jobs, while unlocking £7.1m a year in new rates income for Warrington Council.

“This is a major milestone for the development of Warrington’s economy as it seeks to adapt to changing market conditions,” said Langtree group chief executive John Downes.

“In his letter, the Secretary of State has acknowledged that local authorities are best placed to decide what is right for their community and this news will not only unlock £180m of development, but generate substantial rates income each year for investment in local services.”

The scheme is on land bounded by junction 20 of the M6 and junction 9 of the M56 motorways. The proposals are for seven separate logistics units on a site allocated for development under Warrington’s draft Local Plan, as part of a wider 286-acre employment area.

Focusing on the logistics industry makes most sense in that context, said Downes: “It’s a very sustainable site and the North West is currently suffering from under-supply of logistics space.”

Preparation work will now begin before the construction of units can start, including the agreement of the detailed design elements of the scheme and the introduction of significant highway and public realm improvements in and around the site.

Langtree estimates that the work on site is likely to start in late 2023.

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