Warehouse plans go to council…

Reporter: BEATRIZ AYALA – Date online: 21/09/2010 – Oldham Chronicle

Revised £23m scheme will secure jobs

PLANS by JD Williams to build a £23 million warehouse development in Shaw, which will secure 1,000 jobs and create 120 new ones, have been submitted to Oldham Council.

The home shopping retailer submitted the revamped planning application to redevelop its existing site in Beal Lane.

It includes revised proposals for a new building measuring 78ft in height, 40 per cent lower than a previous application in 2009 which led to protests by local residents.

Before submitting the plans, the company held a series of community consultations, including a public exhibition in August, attended by 94 local people.

Several changes have since been made to the plans to deal with issues and suggestions raised.

A working group with Oldham Council will be set up to discuss areas relating to the current operational activity.

Ian Carr, general manager at JD Williams, said: “We have engaged extensively with residents, political representatives and stakeholders to seek their views and we appreciate all the feedback received.

“We have reviewed all the comments and suggestions made, and have taken these on board during the preparation of the plans.”

More info: community information line, 247 8417 (9am-5.30pm). The planning application should be available to view next week (Sep 27-Oct1) at www.oldham.gov.uk/planning_and_building.

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