A NEW hotel is set to be included in plans for an expanded supermarket distribution centre on one of Bolton’s most crucial industrial sites, it has been revealed.

The new hotel will be built on the Logistics North site in Over Hulton, off the M61 and near Cutacre Park, which developers hope will create jobs and attract more visitors to the area.

It will join a new Lidl distribution centre, which has already been announced as part of the plan, and will include a shop, food and drink facilities and other services, in developer Haworth Group’s plan for the site.

Bolton Council leader Martyn Cox said: "I think it's another vote of confidence in Logistics North, which has proven to be one of the most successful sites of its kind in the region. 

"It's fantastic news and we look forward to more succes from them in the future."

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A new distribution hub and a hotel are included in the plans

Logistics North, is one of the largest industrial sites of its kind in the North West and is already home to major distribution centres for companies like Amazon.

The site, known as Cutacre, is a former shallow tunnel and opencast coal mine, where over one million tonnes of coal was extracted between 2006 and 2011 when operations ceased at the site

The masterplan for the site was put in motion in 2014, when Harworth Estates was granted permission to develop 102 hectares as part of a phased employment scheme.

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Lidl says it will "always endevour to employ local people" at the site

Since then, more and more of the industrial units have been filled.

The plan for the Lidl distribution centre was approved in August 2019 with the company claiming that the expansion could help create around 500 new jobs.

Haworth Group chief executive James Michaelson said previously: “Our aim is to attract great businesses and create thousands of jobs on the site, which is one of the few with space to build a single building of up to 1million square feet.”

A statement issued at the time by White Young Green, the construction company acting on behalf of Lidl, said that the company would “always endeavour to employ people from the local area.”

The new hotel will also have the advantage of being close to the M61 and from Bolton’s various public transport links.