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Manchester

Success for 400,000 sq ft Wigan factory application

Green light for largest building in Wigan


Manchester, 8th January – Liberty Properties and wet wipe manufacturer Nice-Pak International have secured planning permission for a 400,000 sq ft manufacturing unit at Westwood Park in Wigan.

Advised by the planning team at property consultant JLL, the successful application to build on the redeveloped Westwood Power Station site was submitted at the end of October. Work on the project, which will be the largest building ever-built in the borough, is due to start in 2015.

The application follows a period of commercial success for Nice-Pak. Once completed 150 staff will relocate from its existing space in Hindley Green and a further 100 jobs will be created at the new site.

The new development has, in part, been funded by Regional Growth Funding, which it secured with the support of Wigan Council.

Mike Hopkins, director - planning and development at JLL, said: “Securing consent for Nice-Pak’s manufacturing Unit at Westwood Park is a significant step forward for the company in delivering a high quality facility, which will enable its continued expansion in the UK. The support from Council in delivering the permission in under eight weeks demonstrates their commitment to the development of Westwood Park and to economic growth in the Borough.”

Emyr Williams, Development Director at Liberty Properties, said: “We were very impressed with the professionalism and proactive approach taken by Wigan Council’s team, who worked extremely hard to help deliver this significant inward investment and achieve the occupier’s requirements. They did exactly as they had said they would do and we certainly would like to promote further opportunities in Wigan, which is certainly open for business.”

Councillor David Molyneux, deputy leader of Wigan Council, said: “This is a fantastic start to 2015 for the economy of Wigan Borough. That a successful business already based here is expanding in the borough in such an ambitious way shows Wigan is an attractive place to build and grow a business.
“Creating the conditions for economic growth and supporting the private sector is a key priority for the council.”