23 Jun 2017
St Helens Council have given the go ahead to Bericote Properties to develop a logistics hub at Florida Farm North in Haydock.
The decision was made on the 12th June with work on the site expected to start later in the year.
It is reported that the £150m development will bring jobs to St Helens with more than 400 construction roles to be created in the 2 years it will take to build the facility, and a further 2,500 jobs in warehousing units, shops, services and other local businesses.
The site itself will develop a 1.4million sq ft of logistics space across two buildings, with a new junction to be built on the East Lancashire Road for access.
According to national planning and development consultancy Lichfields, who took the scheme forward on behalf of Bericote, the site will give the area an economic boost of over £23m when it is up and running.
Micheal Watts, Senior Director at Lichfields said: “We are delighted to have secured planning permission for Bericote on this exciting new development.
“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.”
The development of Greenbelt land surrounding St Helens has faced considerable backlash from local residents. Around 2,000 people have joined the Residents Against Florida Farm Development, who have been lobbying St Helens Council to drop development plans.
However, St Helens Council have made assurances that St Helens has the space to accommodate the development and that it will benefit the area in terms of housing and job opportunities.