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North West gains 2.5 million sq ft of logistics space

Ministers have approved 2.5 million sq ft of new North West logistics development after more than a year of delay and doubt.

Tritax Symmetry’s plans for 1.4 million sq ft at Wigan, and Harworth’s plans for 1.1 million sq ft atr Wingates Bolton, have been approved. The decision follows the a controversial move to call-in the North West logistics applications for determination by the government, rather than by local councils.

Tritax Symmetry’s Symmetry Park Wigan was recommended for approval by Wigan Borough Council as long ago as January 2020.

The 134-acre site on Junction 25 of the M6 is set to provide 1.44m sq ft of logistics employment space. It represents a construction investment of £73m from Tritax Symmetry.

Directly accessed from the M6, Symmetry Park Wigan will be built on a former open cast coal mine which was an active colliery until the early 1980s.

Matt Claxton,  planning director at Tritax Symmetry, said: “The decision to call in the scheme has inevitably caused delays and, given the strength of occupational demand, we will therefore press on immediately with the infrastructure works on site to enable us to commence speculative construction of phase one comprising 300,000 sq ft and deliver pre-lets.”

 At Bolton Wingates, Harworth Group has secured planning approval for the development of up to 1.1 million sq ft of logistics and manufacturing space.

The site at Wingates is adjacent to Junction 6 of the M61 and is in close proximity to Harworth’s existing Logistics North site, the largest live commercial development in North West Logistics.  

The scheme originally received planning consent from Bolton Council in January 2020.

Harworth intends to commence enabling works at the site in early 2022, in preparation for the first phase of commercial development, which is due to begin later that year.

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