Major Liverpool redevelopment to create 1,000 jobs
Source: North West Business Insider
A major redevelopment which could create 1,000 jobs is being proposed in Liverpool, with online retailer Amazon reportedly lined up to occupy the site.
The city council said final detailed discussions were underway with a developer about a potential facility for "a global company" which would create more than 1,000 jobs in east Liverpool.
Mayor Joe Anderson was recently approached by a developer which had identified the council-owned Stonebridge Cross site in Gilmoss as the preferred location for a major new facility.
Reports named Amazon as the company behind the development but the city council refused to comment on the speculation.
The news comes just a few weeks after a judge threw out Halton Borough Council's decision to grant developer Prologis planning permission for a 1.2m sq ft warehouse at the Mersey Multimodal Gateway in Widnes for Amazon.
Liverpool City Council said a planning application was due to be submitted at the end of the month and, if successful, the scheme could be completed by autumn 2013.
A consultation is already underway with the local community to inform them about the potential proposals.
The council said it remained committed to delivering the original plans for the site, which included new homes, retail development and a new St John Bosco school, on alternative land.
Mayor Anderson said: "This is a hugely exciting proposal which has the potential to be a real game changer for this part of the city".
"It will create over 1,000 quality jobs on a scale which has not been seen for many decades.
"They approached me following the media coverage we have had as a business friendly city, and attracted by the speed of decision making that the new Mayoral arrangements can deliver.
"This is really good news for a part of Liverpool that desperately needs jobs in order to be able to give the local community hope for the future, and will transform the lives of many people."
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