The 13.5 acre site is close to Peel Ports’ recently launched Liverpool 2 deepwater port and was the former Peerless Edible Oils factory, which closed more than 20 years ago.
The new £20 million development, known as Mersey Reach, will comprise six self-contained industrial and logistics units ranging from 12,000 sq ft to 60,000 sq ft. A 36,000 sq ft unit has been pre-let to Grafton Group Plc to trade as a Selco Builders Warehouse.
Chancerygate has also pre-sold a two-acre plot on the front of the site to Euro Garages, which will build it out as petrol filling station and a convenience store plus a drive-thru Starbucks coffee store.
Mike Walker, Development Director for Chancerygate in the North West, commented: “We have taken a collaborative approach on working with Sefton Council to provide a scheme that will deliver much needed employment space in the area.
“The two occupiers that we have already secured will create 130 new jobs and we anticipate that the scheme as a whole could ultimately provide over 375 jobs, which should come mainly from the immediate surrounding area. The site was identified as a strategic Employment Site in the Sefton Local Plan and together with Sefton Council, we have created a scheme on a key gateway site that meets both their and our aspirations.”
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “We have worked closely with the developer to enable the proposals to come forward and with the planning consent for Chancerygate’s Mersey Reach development scheme on Dunnings Bridge Road now in place, this scheme will regenerate a site that has been vacant for over 20 years, creating hundreds of new jobs.”
“We appreciate the input and support we have received from all parties and look forward to Chancerygate starting the scheme in the near future. This is a significant step forward for delivering the ambitions of Vision 2030 for our businesses and residents supporting our position that Sefton is open for business.”