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New trade park plan for retail centre is submitted to council

A planning application for a new £7m trade park on Barn Road in Congleton has gone before councillors.

Industrial developer Chancerygate, with offices in Warrington, bought the site next to Gladman’s offices earlier this year and is to develop 10 light industrial units ranging in size from 2,906sqft to 9,548sqft. Units will be available on a leasehold basis.

The site is the last remaining undeveloped plot at Congleton Business Park and was bought by Chancerygate from Gladman Developments for £525,000. The site has a gross value once developed of £7m.

Chancerygate says it is the UK’s largest multi-unit industrial property development and asset management company, with nearly 25 years’ experience.

A planning application has now been submitted by town planners Hourigan Connolly for the site, which in 2011 was given planning permission for a three-storey extension to Gladman House and nine two-storey detached offices plus associated parking and services.

The new planning application says that the site will comprise “high specification” employment units, each unit with a mezzanine level for offices) and wet room with shower facilities.

Electric vehicle charging points are also provided throughout the development and there will be secure cycle storage.

The access road will be via Barn Road to the south or the link road to the north.

While a pre-application enquiry was made to Cheshire East, it was agreed at that meeting that given the location of the site, its allocation in the emerging development plan and the planning history of the land, no public pre-application consultation was needed.

The current business park occupiers range from Airbags International, to financial planning firm Franklyn Financial Management and Gladman’s own headquarters.

Congleton Retail Park, which is home to Boots, M&S and B&M, is a short walk from the site.

Earlier this year, Chancerygate development manager Chris Brown said: “It’s an ideal location for us to bring forward high-quality trade and light industrial space across a series of smaller units and we’re already receiving a great deal of interest from major national trade occupiers.

“The new Congleton Link Road will connect directly into the site, which means that our scheme will have excellent connectivity to the M6 and the wider Cheshire market plus fantastic retail and leisure amenity on its doorstep.”

Founded in 1995, Chancerygate is the UK’s largest multi-unit industrial developer and asset manager. The company currently has up to three million square feet of industrial space under construction or ready for development across 23 sites, ranging from Bournemouth to Edinburgh and more than 390 units.

Chancerygate is also in the process of delivering a major employment related development at Parkgate, Knutsford. In addition to Warrington, the company has offices in Birmingham, London and Milton Keynes.

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