Missile firm MBDA will move to Cutacre

What the new MBDA building will look like

What the new MBDA building will look like

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

MISSILE manufacturers MBDA is set to move to the new Logistics North site, after councillors gave it the go-ahead to build a multi-million pound new facility on the estate.

Up to 400 staff will be employed at the new plant in the former Cutacre open cast mine, which is now being developed into an industrial estate plus a 225-hectare country park.

The company, which builds surface-to-air missiles used by more than 90 armed forces around the world, has had a base in Lostock for the past 80 years, but has been looking for a new home “nationally and internationally”.

At yesterday’s meeting of the planning committee, councillors voted unanimously to approve the new build.

Bernard Waldron, general manager at the Lostock MBDA site said the move to Logistics North, just off junction 4 of the M61, showed the company’s commitment to staying in Bolton.

He added: “We have come to the end of our current lease, and asked our shareholders to consider staying in the North West.

“They agreed to a £30 million bespoke development that will give shared skills and employment to the Bolton area for the next 25 to 50 years.”

He added that the company has ties with schools and universities in the region and that 85 per cent of their current employees live within 10 miles of Bolton.

Cllr Nick Peel said he was “absolutely more than happy” to move approval of the application, which means that MBDA would stay in Bolton.

He added: “It’s a great opportunity for our town and for the site, and will act as a pull for other investors to come to Cutacre.”

Cllr Bob Allen said: “MBDA is an integral part of our town.

“I’m really pleased it is staying in Bolton.”

Supermarket giants Aldi was the first major company to commit to the Logistics North.

It will build its new North West headquarters and distribution centre on the site.

The director of planning at Bolton Council will give the final stamp to the plan, once a Section 106 agreement is finalised.

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9:50am Fri 4 Apr 14

steverock6@sky.com says...

Another industry gone from Horwich just houses and shops left now in what was a thriving industrial town!
Another industry gone from Horwich just houses and shops left now in what was a thriving industrial town! steverock6@sky.com
  • Score: -6

10:42am Fri 4 Apr 14

oftbewildered2 says...

I believe this firm was once a part of De Havilland and it separated when it became British Aerospace - I know it will be sad to see it go, but it is staying in Bolton.
I believe this firm was once a part of De Havilland and it separated when it became British Aerospace - I know it will be sad to see it go, but it is staying in Bolton. oftbewildered2
  • Score: 5

11:13am Fri 4 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

Perhaps We Should Be On The Receiving End Of These Missiles, Some Poor Innocent Could Be On The Receiving End. I Just Wonder Why Meteors And Comets Are Deflected Away From Earth, I Don't Understand The Politics Of It All?.
Perhaps We Should Be On The Receiving End Of These Missiles, Some Poor Innocent Could Be On The Receiving End. I Just Wonder Why Meteors And Comets Are Deflected Away From Earth, I Don't Understand The Politics Of It All?. Gore Seer
  • Score: -9

1:34pm Fri 4 Apr 14

Balboa says...

Ironic that a business specialising in the manufacture of WMD which are intended to destroy mankind and the planet's terrain, are approved when other development for carbon-neutral and greenbelt land are rejected. Just an observation...
Ironic that a business specialising in the manufacture of WMD which are intended to destroy mankind and the planet's terrain, are approved when other development for carbon-neutral and greenbelt land are rejected. Just an observation... Balboa
  • Score: -3

2:22pm Fri 4 Apr 14

bluebusman says...

they could test on few estates in the area make an improvement
they could test on few estates in the area make an improvement bluebusman
  • Score: 5

8:11am Sat 5 Apr 14

mg whites says...

I don't understand most of the rubbish you sprout Gore Seer!
I don't understand most of the rubbish you sprout Gore Seer! mg whites
  • Score: 2

8:12am Sat 5 Apr 14

mg whites says...

bluebusman wrote:
they could test on few estates in the area make an improvement
Too true!
[quote][p][bold]bluebusman[/bold] wrote: they could test on few estates in the area make an improvement[/p][/quote]Too true! mg whites
  • Score: 1

11:39am Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

We Could Fill These Missiles With Poppy Seed , What A Lovely Idea And Put A Memorial Missile In Are Town Centre, After All These Things Bring Prosperity To Are Lovely Multi Cultural Society.
We Could Fill These Missiles With Poppy Seed , What A Lovely Idea And Put A Memorial Missile In Are Town Centre, After All These Things Bring Prosperity To Are Lovely Multi Cultural Society. Gore Seer
  • Score: -1

6:47pm Sat 5 Apr 14

Gore Seer says...

mg whites wrote:
I don't understand most of the rubbish you sprout Gore Seer!
Why Read It,That I Cant Under Stand?.
[quote][p][bold]mg whites[/bold] wrote: I don't understand most of the rubbish you sprout Gore Seer![/p][/quote]Why Read It,That I Cant Under Stand?. Gore Seer
  • Score: 0

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