New industrial and warehouse space will be developed in St Helens as plans for a mixed-use transformation of a 30-acre site have been approved.
Network Space has been granted planning consent for the phased delivery of its Mere Grange project, which will see four new units create a total of 90,250 of accommodation in the first stage.
The developer has been working alongside the Homes and Communities Agency and St Helens Council on the scheme, which could also see the creation of a further 60,000 sq ft of industrial/warhouse space in further phases and will enable up to 120 housing units to be built on the opposite section of the site.
Work is expected to get underway in 2017, with the project expected to hold the potential for more than 400 new jobs and the attraction of over £13.5 million of private investment for the area.
Stephen Barnes, managing director of development at Network Space, says: “Securing consent at Mere Grange is a further key milestone in the delivery of this strategic mixed-use employment and residential site.
“We expect to deliver the first phase of development during 2017 and do so at a time when there is so little good quality new stock available in the market given the lack of supply over the last eight years. Initial enquiry levels have been very encouraging.”
Councillor John Fulham, St Helens Council’s cabinet member for growth, adds: “We know from speaking to businesses across the borough there’s a real need for smaller, modern light industrial units to support growing small and medium sized businesses and it is welcome to see a private developer, which has a strong local record, investing to meet that need. This is good news for St Helens.”