Busi­ness park could be built on green belt

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

A BUSI­NESS park which could be built on green belt land has been rec­om­mended for ap­proval de­spite more than 300 ob­jec­tions.

Around 135 acres of land off junc­tion 25 of the M6 near Win­stan­ley, in Wi­gan, has been ear­marked for a lo­gis­tics hub by Tri­tax Sym­me­try. The £73 mil­lion Sym­me­try Park would boast over 1.4 mil­lion sq ft of employment space in an area that forms a key part of the Greater Manch­ester Spa­tial Frame­work (GMSF).

Res­i­dents, cam­paign­ers, coun­cil­lors and Mak­er­field’s MP have de­cried the po­ten­tial loss of green belt land - which was once used for open­cast min­ing - and the de­vel­op­ment’s im­pact on traf­fic con­ges­tion and air qual­ity.

Con­fu­sion also reigns over the pos­si­bil­ity of the de­vel­op­ment be­ing ap­proved be­fore the GMSF, the re­gional mas­ter­plan for jobs and hous­ing which has been de­layed for a sixth time.

But Wi­gan coun­cil plan­ning of­fi­cers say that the ben­e­fits of Sym­me­try Park’s eco­nomic ben­e­fits ‘clearly out­weigh’ the harm that it will cause. The es­tate - if ap­proved - is ex­pected to cre­ate up to 1,600 jobs, in­clud­ing 1,207 dur­ing con­struc­tion.

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