Jobs boost by retailer

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Plans to open a second Home Bargains store in Prescot town centre - creating 25 jobs - have been given the go-ahead.

A proposal to create an “out of town-style” store on Manchester Road, to complement the chain’s Prescot Shopping Centre store, had been recommended for refusal by council officers as it was deemed contrary to national policy relating to town centres.

Plans for a 25,000 sq ft Home Bargains store, complete with a 7,500 sq ft garden centre, on the former Prysmian Cables site were submitted in June.

Following months of talks, and on the basis of the wider regenerative impacts for Prescot, the £5m investment - which will safeguard 45 jobs and create 25 more - was finally given the green light by Knowsley Council’s planning committee last week.

A new lease for Home Bargain’s town centre existing premises has also been renewed for a further five years.

A council spokeswoman said: “Whilst the committee members recognised that this is no guarantee it is recognised as a positive commitment from the company to the Prescot town centre, as the existing store will remain open and continue to trade once the new store is built.”

Joe Morris, the operations director at T J Morris, which runs Home Bargains, said: “We are delighted that councillors have voted to approve our application for a new Home Bargains store. The development will provide a second store in Prescot, demonstrating our commitment to the town. We will now work with the council to finalise all the outstanding minor details, and look to get on site as quickly as possible to deliver this investment.”