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Councils back £200m Bolton logistics scheme

Three councils have granted planning permission for a major industrial scheme near Bolton.

Salford and Wigan councils gave their backing to the 250 acre Logistics North development after it was approved by Bolton Council on Thursday last week.

The scheme, by developer Harworth Estates, had to be approved by the three councils  because of its size and impact on the region. The developer said it was “one of the most significant industrial developments in the north of England”.

The project will provide 4 million sq ft of distribution and manufacturing space on a 250-acre site at junction 4 of the M61 near Bolton. Harworth will also create a new country park on 550 acres of surrounding land.

Infrastructure works are expected to commence in spring 2014. Contractors for the infrastructure works will be appointed in the new year, a spokesman for Harworth Estates said.

Harworth has already agreed to sell the first site to Aldi, the supermarket group, for its new 450,000 sq ft regional distribution hub.

Leader of Bolton Council, Cliff Morris, said: “This is a site of huge importance for Bolton and the wider region, and I’m pleased that planning committee has backed the plans. There will be thousands of jobs created for our residents and the whole site will bring a huge boost to Bolton for years to come.”

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