Following public consultation we have moved the red line boundary further from the properties to the north of the site, retaining a significant green corridor between the residential areas of Winstanley to the north and the proposed development.
The illustrative masterplan includes:
- 1.44 million sq ft of logistics floorspace (Class B8) with ancillary offices
- New access from the A49 roundabout direct to Junction 25 of the M6 meaning no need for HGVs to travel through residential areas to access the motorway network
- Onsite parking for all buildings with service yards located away from residential areas
- Retention of substantial green buffer to the north of the site to provide a natural barrier with residential areas
- Sustainable drainage solution to minimise risk of flooding off-site. Drainage ponds are proposed to serve a dual purpose by creating a species-rich environment
- Areas for ecological mitigation and habitat enhancement
- The realignment, enhancement and creation of public rights of way
Access to the site will be from Junction 25 of the M6. Vehicles can travel southbound at this junction or travel down to Junction 24 to turn around and head north. This means that no HGVs will need to travel through surrounding residential areas.
As stated in the emerging GMSF allocation for the site, there is a requirement to identify an area of land within the proposed scheme to ‘safeguard’ future proposals for an all-ways M6 Junction 25. However, our Transport Assessment has demonstrated that the proposed development does not require an all-ways junction in order to operate safely and efficiently. Nonetheless, the masterplan has been developed to ensure that the scheme does not preclude the delivery of an all-ways junction, should there be a requirement for it to come forward in the future.
The Planning Application
A planning application has now been submitted to Wigan Council. This is a hybrid application which means some elements will be fixed and others are included in outline. The application shows the maximum amount of logistics floorspace that can be developed, where this is located and the means of access. It is supported by a full Environmental Impact Assessment which includes studies looking at transport, ecology, noise, air quality, landscape and visual impact, flood risk and drainage, ground contamination and archaeology. We anticipate that Wigan Council will determine the application before the end of the year.