WARRINGTON borough council planning officers are recommending approval for the controversial plan for a massive warehouse facility for Eddie Stobart Logistics on green belt land at Appleton Thorn.
The scheme comes before the borough’s development management committee tomorrow (Wednesday).
It involves land north of Barleycastle Lane – opposite the existing Stobart headquarters site.
All existing buildings on the site would be demolished and a national distribution centre building, with ancillary office accommodation, vehicle washing unit, internal roads, vehicle maintenance area, parking areas, etc., would be constructed.
The area extends to 15.7 acres.
Special reasons for allowing the development in the Green Belt include the fact that Stobart already provide 650 local jobs and the facility would provide an additional 480.
The company makes a major contribution to Warrington’s economy generating a £570 million turnover each year.
Objections have been lodged by local borough and parish councillors, Appleton Parish Council, Grappenhall andThelwall Parish Council, and the Warrington South Parishes.
A total and 28 residents have also lodged objections.
Grounds includes unacceptable increase in traffic on local roads, noise, pollution, impact on listed buildings and loss of Green Belt land.
It would also impact on the Grade II Listed Beehive Farmhouse.
It is also suggested that the proposals are premature and should not be considered until the borough council’s local plan is in place.