Public consultation on proposed 4,900-job scheme in Warrington

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The public is being asked to comment on proposals to develop a major new strategic employment site in south Warrington which could deliver up to 4,900 new jobs to the town.

Six 56 Warrington is a proposed new development at Junction 20 of the M6 and Junction 9 of the M56, which aims to deliver thousands of new logistics and manufacturing jobs if given the go-ahead.

The companies behind the proposals say it will provide a wide range of job opportunities for local people, ‘from entry-level operatives to supply chain managers and skilled technicians.’

“Our emerging proposals will ensure that the Warrington economy can continue to grow and broaden the range of jobs on offer to local people,” said John Downes, group chief executive of developer Langtree, who are behind the proposal with partner First Panattoni.

“The scheme would generate millions of pounds a year in new business rates to fund essential public services and our proposals include significant investment in infrastructure to help ensure traffic is moved away from residential areas on to the motorway network,” he added.

And, he says, local residents, community groups and stakeholders will be consulted prior to submitting any planning application – beginning with two workshops this month at Grappenhall Community Centre.

“We want to hear the public’s views, so in addition to these workshops we’ll be hosting further events, including a drop-in session in the local community later in the year,” said Mr Downes.

Langtree and First Panattoni are bringing forward their proposals in response to Warrington Borough Council’s emerging Local Plan, which has identified a need for 941 acres of new employment space over the next 20 years.

Two workshops are being held at Grappenhall Community Centre, Bell House Farm, Bellhouse Lane, Warrington WA4 2SG, between 5-7pm on Monday, October 15, and between 2-4pm on Tuesday, October 16.

Places at the workshop will have to be limited, so the public is being asked to register their interest in advance by calling Freephone 0800 130 3353 or emailing info@six56warrington.co.uk

The proposals were announced in March, this year, and have attracted opposition from local residents.

Local resident Bill Roberts, who has been campaigning against development on green belt land in the area, other residents and local parish councils have all voiced their opposition.

“This is designated green belt, includes an ancient woodland and ancient monument and moat with a public right of way,” said Mr Roberts.

“It is hardcore do not touch land and this is the first speculative step towards a planning application.

“Enough is enough. We need to stand together for the sake of ourselves and our children and protect this green belt which provides a buffer between Grappenhall and the motorway.”

Grappenhall & Thelwall Parish Council has also voiced concerns.

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