Plans for 90,000sq ft industrial site unveiled

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Detailed plans have been submitted for the next phase of development at its strategic 21 acre Mere Grange site in St Helens.

Commercial property business Network Space submitted plans to develop industrial workspace totalling 90,000 sqft alongside a residential application for nearly 100 units.

The new workspace units range in size from 17,500 sqft and 25,000 sqft and complement the mixed use of the site which is located just off Junction 7 of the M62.

The scheme already features a first phase of office development delivered in 2008 alongside the proposed new housing and a further phase of industrial workspace totalling circa 60,000 sqft is expected to follow.

Deborah McLaughlin, executive director at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “The planning application marks the next step for this development which will help create jobs for local people in St Helens by providing top quality workspace.

“The 98 homes which will be built on the site will also provide a boost by providing much needed new homes for local people.”

Stephen Barnes, managing director (Development) for Network Space, said: “Mere Grange is a strategic site within the Borough which offers superb connectivity to the motorway network being located less than two minutes from Junction seven of the M62.

“There has been an acute lack of new quality industrial workspace of this size being developed across the region over the last eight years and we are confident that demand for this space will be high given the design and specification of the units, the site’s connectivity to the town and motorway network together with the high quality matured landscaped setting that we have delivered at Mere Grange.

“Network Space currently owns over 350,000 sqft of space within the Borough and the delivery of this additional space is entirely consistent with our objective of extending our 3m sqft modern, well located and well occupied industrial portfolio.”