Major plans by Warrington based Eddie Stobart to build a national distribution centre on land at Barleycastle Lane have been resubmitted to Warrington Borough Council
The proposals for a 59,000 sq m, state-of-the-art building on land close to Eddie Stobart’s headquarters would create at least 480 new jobs in Warrington and add £18m to the local economy every year.
A previous planning application for the scheme was turned down by Warrington Council in November 2018. That decision has since been appealed for review by the Planning Inspectorate.
The new application follows a public consultation process in February 2019 with the local community, which has resulted in additional investment being proposed for the local road network.
Speaking after the re-submission of the planning application, a spokesperson for Eddie Stobart said:
“This is a significant milestone for the business as it looks to grow in Warrington, create new job opportunities and invest in the town.
“I am delighted that we have been able to explain the proposals in more detail to the local community and that many of those who took part in our consultation supported our ambitions.
“The scheme represents a unique opportunity for Warrington Borough Council to secure a £73m investment in the borough and create at least 480 new jobs in the town.
“We have always said that Eddie Stobart needs to build its new national distribution centre next to its HQ and training academy in Warrington.
“We’re pleased that we now have an opportunity to work with the planning authority to deliver this vision on a site earmarked for employment development in the emerging Local Plan.”
Source: The Business Desk