Approval granted for a new £37million logistics hub close to Wigan

Plans have been approved for a new 134-acre business park in Wigan between Junction 25 of the M6 and the A49 Warrington.

Symmetry Park aims to create a £37million logistics hub on a former coal mine site, delivering over 1.4m sq ft of logistics floor space. The former open cast coal mine was active until the early 1980s but now sits disused.

Now, the Symmetry Park Wigan logistics scheme is set to be at the centre of the town’s economic development and recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.

The location will ensure excellent transport links to national motorways, including direct access to and from the M6, and easy access to Wigan, Liverpool and Manchester.

In a major boost to the North’s growing logistics sector, Symmetry Park Wigan is expected to create 62,000 high-quality jobs over the next 20 years.

In the short term, it will create over 1,200 construction jobs and a further 1,650 new jobs once operational.

In January 2020, a hybrid planning application was granted by Wigan Council for the first phase of the development with detailed planning permission for 300,000 sq ft across two units (Unit 1 190,000 sq ft and Unit 2 110,000 sq ft), and outline permission for a further 1,142,000 sq ft which will represent phase 2 of the development.

After being called in by the Government for concerns about its impact on Green Belt land, Tritax Symmetry’s latest development close to Wigan is moving forward.

Symmetry Park Wigan represents a construction investment of £73m from Tritax Symmetry and will provide £3m in business rates payments per year to Wigan Council.

Plans include the development of state of the art, high-quality logistics buildings as well as landscaping and planting to enhance the biodiversity of the area and offset any greenbelt disruption.

There will also be plans for a substantial green buffer between the logistics hub and the nearest residential housing to ensure minimal disturbance to residents. There are also plans in talks for new access to the site from the A49 roundabout.

Symmetry Park is the latest project in a huge amount of development in Wigan, which will contribute to the town’s levelling up agenda. From a total redevelopment of the city centre to the refurbishment of an iconic cotton mill in the Wigan Pier area of the town, investment in Wigan is going from strength to strength.

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