Additional space approved for new logistics centre in Heywood

Date published: 26 January 2024

An addition to a huge new logistics centre close to Heywood Distribution Park has been approved by Rochdale Council.

The HPARK development is part of the South Heywood development, and this latest approval given the green light by Rochdale Council is for another 430,000 sq ft of space.

Russells already had consent for 1.45m sq ft of logistics accommodation at the scheme so this new approval takes the total floorspace across HPARK to 1.9m sq ft.

The logistics centre will be located at the junction of Hareshill Road and Pilsworth Road and will be easily accessible from the M62 via the new the new link road that opened last year.

Russells South Heywood (Commercial) Limited, a subsidiary of Russell Homes, claimed this plan will provide a significant regional base for a distribution and logistics operator.

The development would be served by a series of loading bays, car park and administrative office building comprising up to 40,000sqm. The HPARK masterplan outlines six Grade A industrial units ranging in size from 39,000 sq ft to 688,000 sq ft.

This is one part of the South Heywood Masterplan approved back in March 2020. The scheme is a major, mixed-use urban extension, which is located on land bound by Manchester Road, Hareshill Road and Pilsworth Road, west of Junction 19 of the M62 in Rochdale.

A new link road between Junction 19 of the M62 and Pilsworth Road has already been delivered and up to 1,000 new homes, a new primary school, shops, recreation space including sports pitches are also planned.

Andrew Russell, managing director of Russells, said: “We are delighted Rochdale council has approved our application for an additional 430,000 sq ft of space. This takes the total planning approved, of industrial and logistics space at HPARK, to 1.9m sq ft, and further strengthens the local and wider economy.

“HPARK, in Heywood, is in an exceptional location benefitting from a skilled local workforce and well-considered masterplan. We continue to promote the site with regional, national and international occupiers, who have been impressed with the standard of the development.

“The 120-acre site strives to enhance biodiversity, deliver the highest standards of energy efficient buildings and will create new recreational facilities that will be of benefit to new occupiers and the wider community.”

George Lythgoe, Local Democracy Reporter

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