Port Salford nears green light

Proposals to develop Port Salford have moved a step closer after a report for Salford City Council recommended that reserved matters for the first proposed warehouse should be approved.

The council first gave the green light for the Port Salford scheme, including 1.7 million sq ft of distribution warehouses, highways works, a new rail link and a wharf, in 2009. However, the distribution warehouses were only given outline planning permission at the time.

Now applicant Peel Investments (North) has submitted details of reserved matters for a 'multi-modal freight interchange' on a 23.8-acre site on the western side of the Port Salford development. Part of the plot is currently occupied by Universal Containers, which is expected to relocate to a new base in 2015.

The application involves creating a rectangular building that is 240 metres long and 107 metres wide comprising warehousing, office space, staff facilities and a reception area. Meanwhile, the external space would feature two service yards with parking for 129 trailers and four tractors. There would also be parking for 207 cars, 19 motorbikes and 31 bicycles.

Peel added that food logistics company Culina has been lined up to occupy the building. The development is expected to create 280 jobs, of which 50 would be relocated from an existing Culina facility.

Salford City Council's planning and transportation regulatory panel is due to consider the application on 19 March 2015.

Source: Insider Media

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