Plans in for logistics developments with potential to support 600 jobs

Matt Grant

Plans have been submitted or up to three logistics warehouses with the potential to support up to 600 jobs.

The submission has been made to Bolton Metropolitan Borough Council for two logistics warehouses – with the potential for a third – on the site of a former factory at the Wingates Industrial Estate.

The Manchester office of national planning and development consultancy Lichfields submitted a hybrid application on behalf of Panattoni UK Developments.

Full planning permission is being sought for two individual industrial units with a combined gross external area of 33,678 sq m on the site, at Great Bank Road.

The unit, located to the west of the site, will include a main warehouse and office space.

An international logistics firm has been secured for this building.

Unit 2, to the east of the site, would comprise a main warehouse, and 3-storey office building.

An outline application proposes an additional industrial unit of up to 5,000 sq m (53,000 sq ft), or additional car parking spaces.

Matt Grant, senior planner, Lichfields, said: “This ambitious project has the potential to deliver up to 38,768 sq m (420,000 sq ft) of employment space and to create over 600 jobs for the area.

“Approval of this scheme will deliver significant economic benefits and job creation for Bolton, and this economic and social benefit should be given substantial weight in considering the proposals.”

The site was initially developed in the late 1970s as a single warehouse for the manufacturing and distribution of car parts.

Most recently, it accommodated the Bernstein’s Kitchen Factory, which closed more than 10 years ago, with the buildings being demolished in 2011.