Warrington Borough Council has granted outline planning consent for the redevelopment of 2.1 million square feet of logistics and manufacturing space called Zone 7.
The 150 acre site will provide build-to-suit development opportunities for units from 75,000 sq ft up to a single unit of over 1 million sq ft. The outline approval for Zone 7 also includes detailed plans for a new access road to Junction 8 of the M62 and a 35 acre ‘Green Heart’ for wildlife preservation.
Omega Warrington has been designed as a high quality development for a variety of commercial and residential uses. The scheme is expected to create 24,000 new jobs in the North West of England, in addition to 1,100 homes, a school, retail outlets and restaurants, bars and a hotel. Further outline planning application for residential and mixed use developments are likely to be made later in 2014.
Helen Gordon, Global Head of RBS Real Estate Asset Management, said: “Securing outline planning consent for ‘Zone 7’ in Omega South is another significant step forward for this ambitious 25-year brownfield development.
“It demonstrates our expertise in, and commitment to, bringing forward large scale regeneration schemes that transform redundant sites into areas capable of housing businesses, both large and small, and stimulating employment.”
Andrew Sutherland, joint MD for Miller Developments, said: "We have been speaking to a number of potential occupiers over the last 12 months and the delivery of this consent, combined with the almost 1.75 million sq ft of development that is already on site, will provide them with further confidence in our ability to meet their property requirements.”
Construction is well advanced on a 583,000 sq ft unit for ASDA after planning was secured in November 2013. The brownfield development project has secured approximately £200million of private sector investment following the successful development of earlier parts of Omega Warrington.
Brakes, Hermes, Travis Perkins and ASDA have all committed to Omega with over 1.6m sq ft of logistics premises either open or under construction.
Omega Warrington is a joint venture between Miller Developments and KUC Properties Ltd (part of The Royal Bank of Scotland Real Estate Asset Management), in partnership with landowner the Homes and Communities Agency and supported by Warrington Borough Council and the Cheshire and Warrington LEP.