4,000 jobs promised in new Omega plans

4,000 jobs promised in new Omega plans

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First published 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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8:28pm Wed 26 Feb 14

grey-area says...

Is this 4000 new jobs with a priority for Warrington people, or not?

As WBC is allegedly keen for this to be the case, perhaps someone can answer me, or not?
Is this 4000 new jobs with a priority for Warrington people, or not? As WBC is allegedly keen for this to be the case, perhaps someone can answer me, or not? grey-area
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Barbara K says...

Only in Warrington would planners allow hundreds of mature tress to be destroyed, including woodland and habitat for great crested newts, brown hare, buzzards, peregrine falcon, bats, ponds to be removed without a second thought. The so called green heart is farcical - fell tress that are a hundred years old and clear woodland to plant saplings which will never reach maturity. The short-shortsightedne
ss of Warrington planners is breathtaking.This could be a world class development if natural features were enhanced rather than destroyed but Warrington is not exactly renowned as 'leafy' and nor will it ever be with the rate of tree and habitat loss currently.
Only in Warrington would planners allow hundreds of mature tress to be destroyed, including woodland and habitat for great crested newts, brown hare, buzzards, peregrine falcon, bats, ponds to be removed without a second thought. The so called green heart is farcical - fell tress that are a hundred years old and clear woodland to plant saplings which will never reach maturity. The short-shortsightedne ss of Warrington planners is breathtaking.This could be a world class development if natural features were enhanced rather than destroyed but Warrington is not exactly renowned as 'leafy' and nor will it ever be with the rate of tree and habitat loss currently. Barbara K
  • Score: 5

9:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Sankey4 says...

The whole woodland by Royal Mail on Omega Boulevard will be felled for this access road - surely they could have retained that area. The bats will be long dead before the 'green heart' is mature and undisturbed enough to support wildlife.
The whole woodland by Royal Mail on Omega Boulevard will be felled for this access road - surely they could have retained that area. The bats will be long dead before the 'green heart' is mature and undisturbed enough to support wildlife. Sankey4
  • Score: 5

10:18am Thu 27 Feb 14

Melonfish says...

Barbara K wrote:
Only in Warrington would planners allow hundreds of mature tress to be destroyed, including woodland and habitat for great crested newts, brown hare, buzzards, peregrine falcon, bats, ponds to be removed without a second thought. The so called green heart is farcical - fell tress that are a hundred years old and clear woodland to plant saplings which will never reach maturity. The short-shortsightedne

ss of Warrington planners is breathtaking.This could be a world class development if natural features were enhanced rather than destroyed but Warrington is not exactly renowned as 'leafy' and nor will it ever be with the rate of tree and habitat loss currently.
It is illegal to destroy habitats for great crested newts, have surveys been carried out to confirm they are present? if they haven't i suggest you contact the environment agency and have them check asap, finding them would scupper this build instantly.
[quote][p][bold]Barbara K[/bold] wrote: Only in Warrington would planners allow hundreds of mature tress to be destroyed, including woodland and habitat for great crested newts, brown hare, buzzards, peregrine falcon, bats, ponds to be removed without a second thought. The so called green heart is farcical - fell tress that are a hundred years old and clear woodland to plant saplings which will never reach maturity. The short-shortsightedne ss of Warrington planners is breathtaking.This could be a world class development if natural features were enhanced rather than destroyed but Warrington is not exactly renowned as 'leafy' and nor will it ever be with the rate of tree and habitat loss currently.[/p][/quote]It is illegal to destroy habitats for great crested newts, have surveys been carried out to confirm they are present? if they haven't i suggest you contact the environment agency and have them check asap, finding them would scupper this build instantly. Melonfish
  • Score: 5

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