Thursday 20th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Omega Park gets go-ahead for Zone 7

RBS Real Estate Management and Miller Developments have won planning approval to develop the next stage of their 575 acre Omega Park scheme near Warrington in the North West.

Outline consent has been given for a further 2.1 million sq ft of logistics and manufacturing space on a 150-acre plot known as 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.

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 £200 million 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 1.6 million sq ft of logistics premises either open or under construction.

The scheme is being carried out by Omega Warrington Ltd (OWL) – 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.

Joint letting agents are GVA and JLL.