basford warehouse scheme

Almost 200 jobs will be created following an £8 million scheme to build two new warehouse units in South Cheshire, writes Aran Dhillon.

The plans for plot one at Basford West Commercial Park between Shavington and Crewe came before Cheshire East Council’s strategic planning board last week.

Two units totalling 12,615 square metres will be built at the site, along with associated car parking and service areas.

Keith Wilson, development director at site owner and applicant PLP, hailed the application.

He said: “These units will provide high-quality, new employment facilities for companies, either new to Crewe or existing businesses, which are currently constrained by their existing premises, who can relocate to deliver growth and investment in the borough.

“If approved, we will develop out these units speculatively and are committed to start on site this year, delivering these completed units by summer next year.”

He says the development will generate a construction spend of nearly £8 million and it will create almost 200 jobs once the site is fully operational.

Furthermore, he told members it will be targeted to distribution and manufacturing, adding there are ‘no technical or environmental reasons’ for rejecting the application.

Cllr Steven Edgar (CON – Haslington) said the scheme ‘should be welcomed’ as there have not been any objections raised to him.

He also told fellow members he was ‘very impressed’ by the site visit and believes the biodiversity-related measures in place are ‘already working’.

The development will be served by single point of access connecting to a new fourth arm, off the nearby roundabout on Jack Mills Way.

The authority’s head of strategic infrastructure has determined the capacity assessments carried out confirmed Jack Mills Way ‘would not suffer from capacity problems’ as a result of the development within plot one.

The remainder of the Basford West employment area will continue to be accessed from the southerly roundabout on Jack Mills Way near the A500, as originally approved.

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