Missile firm MBDA planning multi-million pound move from Lostock to Cutacre

An artist’s impression of the MBDA factory at the Cutacre site

An artist’s impression of the MBDA factory at the Cutacre site

An artist’s impression of the MBDA factory at the Cutacre site

First published in News The Bolton News: Photograph of the Author by , politics reporter

An international missile defence company is planning a move from its Lostock base to the new Logistics North site.

MBDA, which has been based in Lostock for the past 80 years, is negotiating the purchase of land at the former Cutacre open cast mine with developers Harworth Estates.

In an application to Bolton Council, the firm has laid out its vision for a new manufacturing facility with offices and enough space for 400 members of staff.

A spokesman for MBDA said the acquisition of the land means the business would have the option to expand in the future — but that it would not translate into new jobs in the short term.

He added: “We have submitted a planning application to transfer our existing Lostock site to a new location at Logistics North adjacent to junction four on the M61.

“The intention is that it will result in a state of the art manufacturing facility serving all our customers.”

In its bid, which will be examined by Bolton Council planning officers, the company said it plans to build a flagship facility that will be more efficient compared with the current site in Lostock Lane.

No explosive materials would be assembled at the new site.

The council gave the green light to plans to build on the old Cutacre mine in November following an extraordinary meeting of the planning committee.

The £200 million scheme involves developing four million sq ft of distribution and manufacturing space, shops, business units and a 225-hectare country park, which is anticipated to create more than 6,000 jobs.

Supermarket chain Aldi has already been given the go-ahead to build its new North West headquarters and distribution centre on the site and was the first major business to be part of the scheme.

Keith Davies, director of development and regeneration at Bolton Council, confirmed that officers had received an application from MBDA.

He added: “This is a major employer in Bolton and their desire to move onto Logistics North is a real vote of confidence as an employment site in the region.”

A spokesman for Harworth Estates welcomed the announcement that MBDA was looking to move into their new development.

He added: “MBDA’s planning application reflects the significant demand in the North West market for high quality manufacturing and distribution facilities.

“The four million sq ft of total employment space at Logistics North directly meets this need.”

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2:27pm Fri 21 Feb 14

FreedomOfSpeech1945 says...

What.A.Shock.
What.A.Shock. FreedomOfSpeech1945
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Fri 21 Feb 14

Gore Seer says...

We Need Missile Expansion Death And Destruction Is A Must For The Future.
We Need Missile Expansion Death And Destruction Is A Must For The Future. Gore Seer
  • Score: -4

3:13pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

I have tried twice to post a comment about the corrupt arms trade, but it has not appeared............
... Why?
I have tried twice to post a comment about the corrupt arms trade, but it has not appeared............ ... Why? Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -5

3:22pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

That's three times that I have posted a comment about the corrupt arms trade but it has not appeared------------
--------I wonder why.................
...?
That's three times that I have posted a comment about the corrupt arms trade but it has not appeared------------ --------I wonder why................. ...? Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -5

3:23pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Somebody got something to hide................
.............?
Somebody got something to hide................ .............? Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -5

3:29pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Prince Charles, Her Majesty's Government, and Bolton Council should be promoting human rights - not the arms trade.
The presence of MBDA in Bolton, and their proposed move to the Logistics North site at Cutacre, is not good news for the people of Bolton, or for people across the world.
It is a disgrace that so-called Christian schools should be encouraging their children to work for an industry which causes so much death and suffering.
Prince Charles, Her Majesty's Government, and Bolton Council should be promoting human rights - not the arms trade. The presence of MBDA in Bolton, and their proposed move to the Logistics North site at Cutacre, is not good news for the people of Bolton, or for people across the world. It is a disgrace that so-called Christian schools should be encouraging their children to work for an industry which causes so much death and suffering. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -9

3:33pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

My comment has not been accepted !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!
It was neither malicious false or abusive -ask the Serious Fraud Office
My comment has not been accepted !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!! It was neither malicious false or abusive -ask the Serious Fraud Office Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -6

3:34pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."— Former U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a speech on April 16, 1953
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. The world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children… This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron."— Former U.S. President, Dwight D. Eisenhower, in a speech on April 16, 1953 Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -5

3:36pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

BAe Systems...........Sa
udi Arabia........and all that jazz................
...............?
BAe Systems...........Sa udi Arabia........and all that jazz................ ...............? Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -4

3:39pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

'If any question why we died
Tell them, because our fathers lied.'

Rudyard Kipling
OH .....And because there's rather a lot of money to be made from selling arms to despotic regimes such as Saudi Arabia
'If any question why we died Tell them, because our fathers lied.' Rudyard Kipling OH .....And because there's rather a lot of money to be made from selling arms to despotic regimes such as Saudi Arabia Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -3

3:41pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

And from advertising.........
....................
!
And from advertising......... .................... ! Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -4

8:09pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

It seems puffin billy has run out of puff.
It seems puffin billy has run out of puff. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 2

9:10pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Puffin-Billy says...

Ah've run out o' pough.
Enough's enough.
Ah've run out o' pough. Enough's enough. Puffin-Billy
  • Score: -3

9:10pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Brumas says...

Puffin Billy you are downright silly, you are ranting and I mean ranting pointlessly, because to stop our country making arms, you have to firstly persuade the rogue nations of this world to stop their sabre rattling. Nations that in some cases have despotic leaders who make threats to all and sundry for inconceivable reasons, with these very same leaders striving to acquire nuclear weapons in order to carry out their threats. Until there are no such nations you cannot expect our nation to disarm or give up our ability to make arms. To keep on ranting makes people look at you in the same way that members of the Flat Earth Society are looked upon and even you must know that they are silly.
Religion? Christianity, can I remind you that both sides in the Great Wars of this century, prayed to the same God for victory.
Puffin Billy you are downright silly, you are ranting and I mean ranting pointlessly, because to stop our country making arms, you have to firstly persuade the rogue nations of this world to stop their sabre rattling. Nations that in some cases have despotic leaders who make threats to all and sundry for inconceivable reasons, with these very same leaders striving to acquire nuclear weapons in order to carry out their threats. Until there are no such nations you cannot expect our nation to disarm or give up our ability to make arms. To keep on ranting makes people look at you in the same way that members of the Flat Earth Society are looked upon and even you must know that they are silly. Religion? Christianity, can I remind you that both sides in the Great Wars of this century, prayed to the same God for victory. Brumas
  • Score: 8

9:49pm Sat 22 Feb 14

mr.mark.c says...

Until such a time that we have world peace we need a form of defence, imagine North Korea with Nukes (perish the thought) if we did not have the means to defend ourselves and fight back the they would not hesitate in wiping us of the face of the planet.
Even the internet is a product of defence as is sat-nav and mobile phones, some people say the pen is mightier than the sword, that could be true if communist dictators could/would read.
Until such a time that we have world peace we need a form of defence, imagine North Korea with Nukes (perish the thought) if we did not have the means to defend ourselves and fight back the they would not hesitate in wiping us of the face of the planet. Even the internet is a product of defence as is sat-nav and mobile phones, some people say the pen is mightier than the sword, that could be true if communist dictators could/would read. mr.mark.c
  • Score: 2

9:21am Mon 24 Feb 14

Gore Seer says...

There Are Other Countries That Don't Have Nuc They Are Using There Heads I Don't Want Nuc Its To Expensive, Them That One It Pay For It, I Ain't Paying For Death And Destruction,There Are Other Worlds Watching Us.
There Are Other Countries That Don't Have Nuc They Are Using There Heads I Don't Want Nuc Its To Expensive, Them That One It Pay For It, I Ain't Paying For Death And Destruction,There Are Other Worlds Watching Us. Gore Seer
  • Score: -5

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