Plans for a £150m logistics hub on land close to Haydock Industrial Estate in St Helens have been given the go-ahead. The scheme is said to have the capacity to support more than 2,500 jobs.
The Florida Farm North plans, which include two buildings with a total floorspace of 1.4 million sq ft and a new junction on the A580 East Lancashire Road, have been approved by St Helens Council.
Developer Bericote Properties said it is in discussion with potential occupants for the scheme which is being taken forward by planning and development consultancy Lichfields.
As the site currently lies in the Green Belt, there was a need to demonstrate that very special circumstances exist to justify the granting of planning permission.
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.”