Plans for the first phase of works at the redundant Parkside Colliery – which have been called in by the secretary of state – look set to take a step forward.
Parkside Regeneration, a joint venture between developer Langtree and St Helens Council, is behind the development.
Proposed is up to one million sq ft of employment space which would provide for more than 1,300 jobs, with about 450 construction jobs also lined up.
Elsewhere, a link road into the site from junction 22 of the M6 has been earmarked.
When fully operational, occupiers are expected to generate £80m per year in economic activity and pay £2.2m a year in business rates to St Helens Council.
Approval was granted in December 2019 but it had to go before Robert Jenrick, who called in the proposals earlier this year.
In the meantime, the proposals are set to go back before Warrington Borough Council’s development management committee (DMC).
In 2018, the DMC objected to the phase one proposals but at a later date, backed the link road plans.
The committee has now noted that since it first raised concerns, additional information has been submitted and the council is of the belief that its views on both the main development and the link road are inconsistent.
As such, the DMC is recommending that the objections made to phase one be withdrawn.
“It is recommended that alongside the withdrawal of the objection, Warrington Borough Council writes to St Helens Council to request that it takes all practical steps to ensure that the Parkside Link Road is open to traffic prior to any part of the development on the Parkside phase one site being occupied.
A meeting to confirm the decision will take place on 30 September.