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4,000 jobs promised in new Omega plans
6:00pm Wednesday 26th February 2014 in News
AROUND 4,000 jobs could be created in a new plan for the Omega site - while developers are also promising the business park will include a ‘green heart’ haven for wildlife.
The planning application for part of the south site - known as zone seven - promises jobs in logistics and manufacturing.
It would also see a new road, funded by a Warrington Council loan, built linking the M62 to Omega Boulevard near to the current Royal Mail building.
And a 35 acres, publicly accessible ‘Green Heart’ woodland and park area for wildlife. Andrew Sutherland, joint MD for Miller Developments, which is a joint shareholder, said: “Omega has proved itself to be one of the fastest growing, preferred logistics locations in the UK for a number of companies and demand from new potential occupiers is strong.
“We are therefore seeking to maintain the momentum created on Omega North and with the first phase of activity in the South, that has already secured in the region of £200m of private sector investment and around 1,700 jobs.
“We have been working with our partners at the HCA, Warrington Borough Council and the Cheshire and Warrington LEP on the masterplan for several years.
“Following further public consultation, this is the first planning application reflecting the agreed approach on Omega South.”
The contract to build the new road is set to be awarded in the spring and it will be built before work starts on the new buildings.
Clr Terry O’Neill, leader of the Council, attended the Burtonwood public consultation event as ward councillor Other events were held in Kingswood and Great Sankey and the responses will be submitted as part of the application.
He said: “We are very excited about the significant job opportunities that Zone 7 will bring over the next couple of years, pending a positive planning decision.
“A hugely important part of this, among other traffic solutions, will be the early delivery of the new internal access road which has been welcomed by local people as it will help to relieve traffic pressure on local roads.”
Deborah McLaughlin, executive director for the North West at the Homes and Communities Agency, landowners of the Omega site, said the ‘green heart’ will benefit species such as amphibians, bats, hare and hedgerow birds.
She added: “Ecological studies of Omega have highlighted some pockets of wildlife; however through a new network of green corridors running throughout the site, all leading to the Green Heart, we can create a large, focused, high-value ecological preserve which will be a hugely valuable community asset.”
Mr Sutherland added: “We would like to thank all those who attended the public exhibitions, others who viewed proposals online and the parish councils and community groups we spoke to, for taking the time to consider plans and give us your feedback.
“OWL is committed to engaging local people at each development stage and found your feedback immensely helpful as we developed the final planning application.”
The application is likely to be discussed by councillors later in the spring.
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