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Peel's £120m manufacturing hub set for green light

A £120m industrial complex in Ellesmere Port looks set to go ahead after being recommended for approval by planning officers.

Developer Peel Investments submitted a hybrid planning application to overhaul an 18.4 ha site near the M53 to house nearly 800,000 sq ft of industrial space.

The Ellesmere Port site was formerly home to the Cabot Carbon plant, which was closed in 2009.

As part of its hybrid application, Peel submitted a full planning application for a 327,976 sq ft cardboard box manufacturing facility, which has been designed by architects UMC.

German manufacturer Prowell has already been signed up as end-user for the scheme.

As well as the construction of the manufacturing facility, the first phase of the development will require full remediation works across the site, associated infrastructure works and the installation of an electricity substation.

Overall, Peel is expected to invest around £120m in the first phase alone.

Peel has also submitted an outline application for the second phase of the scheme, which will include an additional industrial facility of up to 468,230 sq ft in size.

Council planning officers said the scheme would “bring about significant regeneration benefits, promote significant economic growth and job creation”.

It is estimated the first phase will create 68 new jobs once operational.

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