A MULTI-MILLION pound development including apartments and retail space could be built on vacant land if the plans are approved. 

Ambitious blueprints have been unveiled for the £45m development on John Street next to Warrington Central train station.

Palmus Developments - part of the Tyneside High Street Group of Companies - has drawn up new proposals for the site.

The plans include commercial space for retail, 362 apartments as well as amenity space for residents, and 796 car parking spaces.

Keith McDougall, of Palmus Developments, said: “The proposals will lead to a range of short and long term economic benefits; generating employment, creating economic value, boosting housing supply and boosting to local authorities financial resources.”

Palmus has contracted the Manchester office of national planning and development consultancy Lichfields to take forward the proposals on its behalf.

The company submitted the planning application to Warrington Borough Council earlier today, Friday.

Lichfields say the development will support more than 200 construction jobs during the build period and dozens more in the commercial space once complete.

It will also lead to £1.9m in new homes bonus payments for the council and an additional £500k in council tax revenues.