PLANS to transform a brownfield site in Ellesmere Port into "a modern and sustainable industrial development" have been given the go-ahead.

Commercial real estate investor and developer, Firethorn Trust, has secured planning permission to regenerate the 42.5 acre site next to junction 7 of the M53.

Firethorn had purchased the land from Peel Ports Group in November 2020.

The site will be known as Link Logistics Park and will provide up to 700,000 sq ft of modern logistics accommodation, as well as creating approximately 800 jobs.

As groundworks at the speculative scheme near completion, construction is due to commence on site in January 2022 and is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Paul Martin, development director at Firethorn Trust, said: "Link Logistics Park is a hugely exciting addition to our expanding portfolio. We are continuing to work closely with the local council to ensure the swift delivery of a high-quality scheme that will bring significant and long-lasting economic benefits to the wider region.

"Delivered as net-zero carbon in construction, with a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ specification, we look forward to transforming this brownfield site into a modern and sustainable industrial development, which is expected to attract significant interest from major occupiers.

"This scheme reflects Firethorn’s ambition to provide social and economic benefit to local stakeholders and occupiers, by regenerating disused manufacturing facilities into much needed and industry leading logistics solutions."