Plans considered for major distribution centre in Croxteth

Plans for a new commercial development centre in Croxteth which could create up to 1,000 jobs are to be considered by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee.

The application, by Gallan Stoford, proposes creating 110,000 square metres of storage and distribution space on a 22 hectare site at Stonebridge Cross.

The land falls within one of the city’s Mayoral Development Zones – set up to address issues of skills and employment, infrastructure and connectivity, business growth, enterprise and quality of place.

Work is already underway on wider regeneration of the area, with construction underway on the new St John Bosco Arts College as part of the Mayor’s Investment Plan for Schools.

A new supermarket and retail centre which will create an additional 500 jobs has also been given planning approval.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “This proposal is a key part of our efforts to regenerate Croxteth and the city as a whole and has the potential to create huge, much-needed employment opportunities for local people.

“Securing planning approval will be a vital piece in the jigsaw in securing an end user in this very fast moving sector of the economy.

“These are exciting times for Croxteth as we regenerate an area that has been neglected for decades.”

Regeneration Liverpool, the city council’s regeneration partner is working with developer Neptune to deliver the retail and commercial elements of the scheme.

Other plans for the area include a health centre and community hub. Future phases of development at Stonebridge Cross will include new homes and associated local facilities, retail and infrastructure.

The proposal for the commercial development centre will be considered by the planning committee on Tuesday, 19 November.

Work would only start when an occupier is secured and river diversion works have been completed.