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Merseyside logistics hub green-lit

Words: Laura Edgar
Location of the hub, Florida Farm / press release

St Helens Council has approved plans for a £150 million logistics hub on land close to Haydock Industrial Estate.

The plans include two buildings with a total floor space of 1.4 million square feet and a new junction on the A580 East Lancashire Road.

Planning consultancy Lichfields took the scheme forward on behalf of developer Bericote Properties.

The site lies in the green belt, and so work was undertaken to demonstrate that very special circumstance existed to justify approving the project.

According to the planning consultancy, more than 400 construction jobs will be created during the two-year build phase, with 2,500 jobs expected to be created in the warehouses, shops, services and other local businesses.

Michael Watts, senior director and head of the Manchester office of Lichfields, said: “There is an overriding need for the provision of large-scale logistics buildings in St Helens, both to meet the economic needs of the borough and the wider needs of the Liverpool region – linked to Superport. We demonstrated that this need was sufficient to meet the very special circumstances test.”

According to Lichfields, when up and running the development will contribute £2.1 million a year in business rates and deliver a gross value added economic boost of £23.3 million.

Bericote Properties said it is in discussion with potential occupants for the