St. Modwen has secured planning permission from Bury Council for the development of Chamberhall Business Park in Bury.

Bury Council’s planning committee voted in favour of the plans on Tuesday (22 January) which outline St. Modwen’s overall strategy for the site and details the delivery of the 130,000 sq ft first phase of the business park.

The green light for the plans will see the expert developer and regeneration specialist move towards a start on site date in the coming months for the 17-acre site off the A65 Peel Way. The first phase will see the development of modern industrial units ranging from 2,500 to 24,000 sq ft.

The scheme will provide for the creation of up to 400 jobs for local people and is seen as critical to the health of Bury’s economy.  The Market has shown over recent years the high level of demand for modern, state of the art, business space and this development will help address the shortage currently seen in Bury and help attract more companies to the borough.

Andrew Day, Asset Manager at St. Modwen, said: “Planning approval is the next stage in the delivery of Chamberhall Business Park, following St. Modwen’s selection as development partner by the Council and the signing of the development agreement last year.

“The scheme we are developing will bring high quality industrial units to Bury, which we know are in great demand, and will enable expanding local businesses to move premises or provide accommodation for business looking to relocate to the town.

“We are really encouraged by the interest we have already received from potential occupiers and hope to announce a significant pre-let in the near future.”

The site, which is north of the town centre and is close to the M66 motorway and Metrolink, has been allocated by the Council for employment for a number of years.

Chamberhall Business Park will see units positioned in three terraces off an attractive central boulevard, along with two larger detatched self-contained units and a serviced development plot capable of accommodating bespoke and design and build enquiries.

Councillor Rishi Shori, leader of Bury Council, said:  “Creating jobs and attracting investment into our borough is a key priority for the council. We are determined to ensure that businesses can flourish and ensure that Bury continues to prosper. Chamberhall is a superb town centre location, on a brownfield site, and will play a vital role in contributing to the achievement of that goal.

“We are delighted to be working with St. Modwen to attract a range of companies to Chamberhall, and ensure that our existing businesses also have top-quality accommodation to move into as they grow.”

Enabling work is due to get underway in the coming weeks. The work will see the clearance of trees and shrubbery ahead of the main construction work commencing and will prepare the site for construction work to begin.

St. Modwen recognises the importance of replacing the self seeded trees which have grown on the site and will provide significant on site landscaping in addition to £30,000 to replant in areas where they can be of greater benefit to the public.

The main construction work is anticipated to 12 months to complete with the enabling works being completed by the summer.

Chamberhall Business Park is seen as a strategically important development opportunity and is highlighted within the Bury But Better – Vision and Development Strategy, due to its location and connectivity. It also forms part of Greater Manchester Authorities’ investment pipeline.

More information on the scheme can be found at www.chamberhall.co.uk.

St. Modwen’s professional team includes planning consultant NJL Consulting, RPS, Pozzoni Architects, Nolan Redshaw, Knight Frank, Atkins, Hopkins Coates, Rodgers Leask and Pinsent Masons.