Tritax Symmetry has secured planning consent for Symmetry Park Merseyside, a new 1 million ft² employment park in Knowsley. The hybrid application included detailed planning consent for a new 160,000ft² logistics facility together with outline planning for up to 835,600ft² of storage and distribution space and offices.
Symmetry Park Merseyside is predicted to create 1,035 direct temporary jobs during construction and approximately 1,000 additional jobs within the Liverpool City Region (LCR) and is anticipated to generate approximately €59.3m (£51m) of net additional GVA per annum. Situated east of Junction 6 of the M62, the site forms part of the Halsnead Garden Village Sustainable Urban Extension (HSUE) which represents part of the wider vision for the Halsnead Garden Village.
Speaking about the decision Matt Claxton, planning director at Tritax Symmetry, commented: “Symmetry Park, Merseyside is one of the very few sites in the North West which will be available to accommodate this scale of development and, with demand at record levels, we are receiving strong occupier interest. I would like to thank both Liverpool City Region and Knowsley Council for their collaborative approach. We will appoint a contractor in the coming weeks and will look to build the first unit out speculatively. In line with our net-zero carbon pledge, all of these new buildings will be delivered to net-zero carbon in construction in line with UK Green Building Council.”
Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The number and the quality of jobs that Halsnead Garden Village will create is hugely significant and through our Knowsley Works team we will help as many local residents as possible secure the opportunities that this development will bring. Supply chain infrastructure is vital to the economy as a whole and this development will be of benefit to everyone across the borough. Not only will the employment site create over 1,000 jobs once complete, but it will also generate significant employment in its construction.”