Public consultation opened on million sq ft logistics scheme

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he public consultation for the development of a one million sq ft industrial and logistics scheme being proposed for the former Cronton Colliery in Knowsley, Merseyside, has been opened by developer Tritax.

Last month The Land Trust entered an agreement with Tritax Symmetry to transfer an area of their land, which will form part of the employment site adjoining the associated 65-acre Country Park.

Located east of Junction 6 of the M62, the sites form part of the Halsnead Garden Village Sustainable Urban Extension (HSUE), which represents part of the wider vision for the Halsnead Garden Village.

As well as creating up to 750 jobs during the construction phase, once operational the employment site will generate in the region of £43m of net additional GVA per annum and approximately 840 jobs within the Liverpool City Region.

Matt Claxton, planning director at Tritax Symmetry, said: “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to rejuvenate this disused colliery and, in doing so, create hundreds of new jobs as well as a stunning wildlife habitat for future generations to enjoy.

The scheme sits on a strategically located position at Junction 6 of the M62 motorway, which is the focal point for the M57 and the A5300 Knowsley Expressway. Indicative plans show four large warehouses for the 55-acre employment site to be known as Symmetry Park Merseyside.

The project team includes Gerald Eve as planning consultants and UMC as architects for the scheme. Michael Lee Architects will work in partnership with the Land Trust on the design of the new Country Park.

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