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Warehouse wins consent for Green Belt build

Posted by Trevor
April 12, 2013 in Industrial

A thriving family business will be able to continue with its expansion, after the local council agreed to outline planning permission for a warehouse.

John Davies & Co, a logistics firm in the fast-moving consumer goods and food sectors, had its previous plans turned down as its site lies in the Cheshire Green Belt. However, thanks to a change in regulations, Cheshire West & Chester Council has given consent at the third time of asking.

The plans cover another warehouse on the site, among other buildings. There will also be a new parking area created.

The plans have been successful this time round due to changes to the planning regulations for the development of sites classed as brownfield. Certain conditions to protect the Green Belt do apply, but Chester-based architect firm Cassidy and Ashton was able to show it will comply with these.

The firm’s associate planner, Guy Evans, said:

“The new policies were only introduced in March last year (2012), so there is a limited amount of evidence to show how they are applied in practice. It’s understandable then that councils are still being cautious in their decisions, especially when the application relates to a commercial development within the Green Belt.”

Expected to cost around £1m, the project will replace the existing buildings on the site – many of which are in poor condition. The removal of these will ensure the new  warehouse flooring  warehouse flooring and racking will have enough room without impeding on the Green Belt.

The plans are subject to full consent, a decision over which is expected in July 2013.

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