Approval granted for 4m sq ft Logistics North development


Approval granted for 4m sq ft Logistics North development


The Logistics North development – a big manufacturing and distribution scheme – at the site of former Cutacre opencast mine located near Bolton has been approved by Salford City Council and Wigan Council, after acquiring an approval from Bolton Council last week.


Approvals from all three councils before receiving the outline consent were obligatory due to the scheme’s 4m sq ft size and the impact on the area.


Construction works are planned to begin in the spring of 2014. By the completion of the scheme, Logistics North will provide 4m sq ft of distribution and manufacturing space on a 250-acre site at junction 4 of the M61 near Bolton, which will include buildings ranging in size from 161,000 sq ft to 1m sq ft.


Logistics North will Harworth Estates is also planning to create a new country park for the benefit of local people on 550 acres of surrounding land.


The developer has already made an agreement with Aldi, the supermarket group, to sell its first site for 450,000 sq ft regional distribution hub.


Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive of Harworth Estates, said: “Our scheme will make a significant contribution to the North West’s economy.


“We are delighted to have received full planning consent as a result of the support from Bolton Council, Salford City Council and Wigan Council.”


Tim Newns, Chief Executive of MIDAS, Manchester’s Inward Investment Agency, remarked on the scheme: “Logistics North is a landmark development not just for Bolton, but for Greater Manchester and the North West. It will help the region to realise its ambitions of attracting high value logistics and manufacturing employers, creating highly sought after new jobs and securing millions of pounds of new investment over the next 15 years.”


Agents for the development are Jones Lang LaSalle and DTZ, which also took the role of planning consultant.


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