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Gigantic Croxteth warehouse set for go-ahead

Hopes pinned on Amazon bringing 1,000 jobs

Written by . Published on November 13th 2013.

Gigantic Croxteth warehouse set for go-ahead

A MASSIVE warehouse and distribution centre in Croxteth, covering the size of 17 football pitches will create 1,000 jobs if the go-ahead is given next week. 

Although an end user for the multi-million pound development has not been revealed, the hope is the proposed centre will be a new hub for Amazon.

The plans are to be considered by Liverpool City Council’s planning committee next Tuesday (Nov 19).

The application, by Gallan Stoford, proposes creating more than 1 million sq ft of storage and distribution space on a 22 hectare site at Stonebridge Cross.

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

If the city finally attracts Amazon, hunting for more than a year for a new base, it will be a major coup for Mayor Joe Anderson.

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

The likely 1,000 jobs are in addition to a nearby development already approved for a new supermarket and retail centre which will create 500 jobs.

Mayor 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.

Croxteth LiverpoolNeglected for decades“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.

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

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22 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousNovember 13th 2013.

Great, Amazon comes to Liverpool and pays no Tax while everyone else has to. Another example of Joke Anderson giving money to the already rich. Anyone would think he's a Tory.

AnonymousNovember 14th 2013.

Read the article. "The land falls within one of the city’s rate-free Mayoral Development Zones" I've no problem with Amazon, I just think they should pay their tax like the rest of us

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John BradleyNovember 14th 2013.

At the moment it is rate free, that is a limited offer, just like the rent free offers in the city centre.

AnonymousNovember 14th 2013.

And when the freebies run out the big companies fuck off somewhere else and get more freebies. Remember what happened with Skelmersdale, plus they still pay next to no tax

John BradleyNovember 14th 2013.

Still better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick.

AnonymousNovember 14th 2013.

Skelmersdale is a great legacy

John BradleyNovember 14th 2013.

Needs a railway link to Ormskirk.

AnonymousNovember 14th 2013.

Joe Anderson for Pope

Dave ParryNovember 15th 2013.

Sorry to have correct you Anon but John Bradley is actually pope, since he has a direct line to God himself Joe Anderson can't you see him basking in the reflected glory of the light bouncing off the top of Joes head?. Also Skem shouldn't be linked by rail to Ormskirk it's deeply worrying it's linked by land to Ormskirk, it's bad enough we get dregs of Kirkby coming down on the weekends to have fights in a different place. Visiting Skem was like visiting a post apocalyptic society populated by Jeremy Kyle guests and the cast of Benidorm.

mickeydrippin'November 17th 2013.

A rail link to Skem is definitely on the cards but would be by reopening the old line from Rainford Junction, not Ormskirk. Trains from Liverpool would run as an extension of the Kirkby services.

John BradleyNovember 17th 2013.

The problem with that is that route is now a road. ATOC suggested the Ormskirk option. I'd support that with a tram link across Skem to region the Wigan line at Upholland. That way you could run trains from Liverpool to the station and train trams from Ormskirk to Wigan. The would make the most sense IMHO. It would link West Lancs 2 major towns. www.atoc.org/…/ConnectingCommunitiesReport_S10.pdf… en.wikipedia.org/…/Skelmersdale_Branch…

Dave ParryNovember 17th 2013.

I suggest paving over Skem and turning it into something useful, an industrial waste dump after all it's not like much work would need doing!

mickeydrippin'November 19th 2013.

Around the same time that ATOC suggested the Skem link via Ormskirk, Network Rail proposed extending the Liverpool - Kirkby services via Rainford. Undoubtedly, the actual route will not be decided upon until the Government gives their approval for the scheme.

John BradleyNovember 19th 2013.

It made the BBC NWT last night, I did notice the lack of a proposed route, but they suggest a very quick possible time scale. One scheme I have seen is basically just a new station on the existing Liverpool Wigan line. If it is an extension of Merseyside it will involve extending the electrification of Merseyrail www.bbc.co.uk/…/b03hvk18… see II minutes in/

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AnonymousNovember 23rd 2013.

Why are we talking about trains in Skem?

3 Responses: Reply To This...
John BradleyNovember 23rd 2013.

In the end everything boils down to trains in Skem.

AnonymousNovember 24th 2013.

This thread was about Amazon not Skem

John BradleyNovember 24th 2013.

Obviously it wasn't.

John ShawNovember 25th 2013.

A major coup for the mayor. I hope Joseph Anderson has just witnessed the dubious practices employed by Amazon. He would do well to distance himself from the prospective occupant of "Stonebridge Cross". As a former union mouthpiece he should be only too aware of employers who treat the workforce with contempt. It is likely the one thousand jobs to be created will only appeal to the desperate such as the impending Bulgarian and Rumanian people destined to visit our shores come January.

AnonymousNovember 26th 2013.

Union man? or Poacher turned Gamekeeper?

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