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Eddie Stobart gains permission for 'green belt' NDC

25 July 2019

Logistics provider Eddie Stobart has won planning permission from Warrington Borough Council for its controversial plan to build a new National Distribution Centre on Barleycastle Lane adjacent to the Eddie Stobart Group head office.

Construction of the £75million, 634,910 sq. ft. facility will begin in the autumn and see 480 new jobs created.

Speaking after the planning application was approved by Warrington Borough Council’s Development Management Committee, Alex Laffey, CEO of Eddie Stobart said: “I would like to thank councillors for supporting our ambitions to invest in Warrington last night.

“The National Distribution Centre will deliver real investment and create 480 new jobs and training opportunities for Warrington. Our plans will also see over £6million invested in the local road network for the benefit of all road users.

“Over the next 18 months, we will work closely with Warrington & Co to make sure that Warrington residents and businesses are at the front of the queue for the opportunities provided at the National Distribution Centre.

“We are proud to have our national headquarters in Warrington and are committed to supporting the ambitions Warrington Borough Council has for economic growth and job creation."

Opponents of the scheme said they would now consider a judicial review and a public inquiry in a bid to overturn the decision.