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1.4 mn sq ft M6 logistics scheme tipped to go ahead on a green belt site

1.4 mn sq ft M6 logistics scheme tipped to go ahead on a green belt site

Tritax Symmetry’s Symmetry Park Wigan development is excpected to be given the green light by Wigan planners next week.

The 134-acre former open cast coal mine site close to Junction 25 of the M6 is set to provide 1.44m sq ft of logistics employment space and will host 1,600 jobs.

The £73 million proposals include new access from the site to the A49 roundabout.

The first two units would be developed speculatively, starting construction in 2020, with the entire scheme completed by 2027.

Earlier attempts to develop the site in 2012/13 failed after a government planning inspector turned down an application to remove it from green belt restrictions.

Since then the planning background has changed. The site has been identified by Wigan Council as suitable for logistics development. The draft Greater Manchester Spatial Framework also identified the site for release from the Green Belt.

Tritax Symmetry’s application is supported by AEW Architects, planning consultant CBRE, highways advice from Crofts, air quality consultant Redmore, ecology and arboriculture consultant TEP, noise and vibration consultant REC, landscape masterplanner Enzygo, and archaeology by RSK.

Symmetry Park Wigan will provide a major boost to the North’s growing logistics sector, which is expected to create 62,000 high-quality jobs over the next 20 years. Average salaries in the logistics sector are £31,600, well above the national average salaries of £24,900.

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