Plans submitted for new commercial scheme involving hundreds of jobs

Plans for a 360,000 sq ft commercial development in Ashton-in-Makerfield capable of supporting hundreds of jobs have been submitted by Caddick Developments.

The developer is proposing Ashton Park, a new sustainable commercial development that will boost the local jobs market and inject millions into the economy.

Caddick says the scheme will provide and support around 400 jobs during construction, and approximately 700 well-paid and skilled jobs once operational.

Ashton Park will predominantly provide manufacturing and logistics employment, offering higher than average salaries compared with other sectors.

The outline planning application includes single units or multiple units, providing an extension to the well-occupied South Lancashire Industrial Estate.

The site is strategically located with convenient access to the M6 and the wider strategic road network, making it an ideal location for employment.

Ashton Park will deliver high quality, sustainable logistics accommodation targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating. It will incorporate EV charging facilities, a solar panel-ready roof, battery storage areas, and air source heat pumps, alongside facilities to support sustainable travel to the site, such as cycle storage, showers, and drying rooms.

Tom Park, from Caddick Developments, said: “This application gives us the opportunity to bring forward much needed logistics space to a well established but currently undersupplied, M6 location, whilst reflecting our commitment to creating best-in-class sustainable developments.

“Our proposals will also contribute £46.2m to the local economy a year, boosting economic growth in this area, and creating better opportunities for residents in Ashton-in-Makerfield and across Wigan.”

Caddick has previously worked on schemes in Wigan such as the Sandalwood Extra Care residential scheme and the Railway Arches social housing development in Leigh.

During these schemes, Caddick partnered with Wigan Job Centre to provide opportunities for those who were long term unemployed, as well as making donations to local charities including Xplorers, Alexandra House Sheltered Accommodation and Wigan Youth Zone.

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