Business park could be built on green belt
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.