Planning permission for warehouses could create 500 jobs

Published: Wednesday, 15th August 2018

Stoke-on-Trent City Council has granted planning permission for two storage and distribution warehouses in the south of the city – creating up to 500 new jobs.

Members of the planning committee today (August 15) gave the green light for the development on land at Whittle Road, Meir Park. The warehouses will be built on the former Johnson Matthey Colours and Coatings site, which was demolished in 2002. Between them, the buildings will provide 372,722 sq ft of warehousing and 28,987 of office space on the 21.5 acre-site.

Applicant Gazeley UK, a London-based investor, developer and manager of logistics sites, said the jobs created would include a mix of warehouse operatives, technical and administrative staff and management positions.

Councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “This is great news for Stoke-on-Trent. As well as creating hundreds of jobs for our residents, the development will also regenerate an unsightly part of Meir Park industrial estate that has been dormant for some time and provide a significant economic benefit to the area while developing on brownfield land.

“It’s yet more proof that Stoke-on-Trent is on the up, and reinforces what we have been saying – that we are open for business and are an attractive investment opportunity for developers. That’s a really important message to get out there given the national competition for inward investment. This site sits right at the sweet spot of the A50 providing unrivalled access to the East Midlands, North West and West Midlands too, hence the size and scale of the development.”

As part of the development, 260 parking spaces and 126 HGV spaces will be created. The developer will also pay £60,000 towards improving cycle and footpath infrastructure, and £85,000 towards a sports pitch facility.

Bruce Topley, Senior Development Director, Gazeley, said: “We are delighted to be working with Stoke-on-Trent City Council by investing into the local community, providing new jobs and infrastructure to the area. The central location of Stoke-on-Trent makes it a prime area for logistics, with key transport links to other parts of the UK. The recent government commitment for HS2 to service Stoke-on-Trent only further improves the access to the region for the surrounding workforce and will continue to encourage infrastructure investment into the area. We look forward to progressing with the development of the site.”

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