Approval granted for £100m Manchester Airport logistics hub covering 91 acres
Manchester Airport’s parent group MAG’s outline planning application has been approved for a 91.2 acres (about the area of 45 football pitches), £100 million world logistics hub in the southern part of Greater Manchester’s Airport City Enterprise Zone. The development will create 1.2 to 1.4 million sq ft of new logistics space. The airport hopes it will attract new international businesses and help existing airport businesses to expand, generating economic growth and – they claim” “over 1,800 new jobs” (in reality, many of those jobs are transferred from elsewhere). Some of the site will have new landscaping and natural habitats. Construction could begin by the end of the year. On 25th October, the local Wythenshawe Area Committee recommended the application for approval. Local opponents worry that it will result in serious loss of amenity, environmental damage for local people, and have serious consequences on local biodiversity and ecology.
Approval for £100m Manchester Airport logistics hub
23 November 2012 (Logistics Manager.com)
The development will generate more than 1,800 new jobs for local people over the next ten years in addition to jobs created during the construction process, as well as creating 1.2 to 1.4 million sq ft of new logistics space.
M.A.G’s Airport City Director, John Atkins, said: “World Logistics Hub will attract new international businesses and help existing airport businesses to expand, generating much-needed economic growth and over 1,800 new jobs.
The development will include a mix of medium and small-sized logistics units ranging from approximately 7,500 to 200,000 sq ft in size, designed and constructed to the highest possible BREEAM and LEED environmental standards.
“The development will create a sustainable commercial product of international significance, providing high quality logistics facilities linked to the existing airport freight area, with access to the global marketplace – along with 60 per cent of all UK businesses and a consumer market of over 24 million within a two-hour drive time”
The site is located next to Junction 6 of the M56 motorway, close to the existing airport freight area.
The application site totals 91.2 acres, (that is about the area of 45 average football pitches) of which around a third is dedicated to new landscaping and natural habitats.
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