Smallbridge developmentRochdale Borough Council has granted planning permission for the development of Smallbridge Business Park to extend warehouse and office space.  

Rochdale based Casey Group has plans to develop approximately 150,000sq ft of industrial property and will enter into a Local Labour Agreement (LLA) with Rochdale Borough Council to hire local people for the construction work.  Councillor, Peter Williams, cabinet member for economic development and customer services , said he was delighted with the prospect of this investment to bring employment to the area when full and part-time jobs were much needed. “I am delighted that The Casey Group has agreed to enter into a Local Labour Agreement which will secure vital jobs and training opportunities for local people.  It represents another example of private sector investment in the borough which is certain to bring about huge economic benefits for the town.”

The plans for this development have been designed to be flexible so that they appeal to a wide range of potential occupiers, and businesses wanting to relocate to or expand in Smallbridge will be able to tailor the new space to meet their needs.  The site is already attracting interest from both local companies and those from outside the Borough.  It is an alternative to the hugely successful Kingsway Business Park which is only 3 miles away.  The development represents a considerable investment in the area which will provide jobs to the local wider Rochdale community.

“There is a demand in Rochdale for flexible, good quality accommodation to meet the needs of a range of businesses.  These plans are designed to respond to that demand and will attract a wide range of occupiers to the area for the benefit of the whole community,” said John Hyland, Operations Manager at The Casey Group Ltd.

Chris Casey, Casey Managing Director, said, “We are very pleased to be investing so close to home, and we are already receiving enquiries for the scheme.  Our future is in Rochdale, and we encourage other companies to share our vision.”

The sole agents for this scheme are Preston O’Herlihy. 

Planning advice was provided by Indigo Planning and transport planning by SK Transport Planning.  The architects for the scheme are CaD Architecture Ltd, and environmental consultancy was provided by Rodgers Leask Environmental.