One of Bolton’s biggest industrial sites shows how planning laws have to change to create more jobs and opportunities, an MP has said.

This comes after Bolton South East MP Yasmin Qureshi visited Logistics North, a site that employs around 5,000 people and is home to companies like Amazon, Aldi and Amscreen.

Ms Qureshi said that the success of Logistics North illustrated the urgent need to change the country’s planning system to allow similar sites to be developed across England.

She said: “It was great to see first-hand the growth and success of Logistics North over the last few years.

“The transformation since my last visit in 2016 is remarkable, and it is clear that this site has become a vital contributor to the economic landscape of Bolton and the North of England.

The Bolton News: Ms Qureshi at the siteMs Qureshi at the site (Image: Office of Yasmin Qureshi MP)

“I believe that through effective public-private partnerships, we can replicate and expand on this success, creating more opportunities for jobs and skills development in our region.”

Logistics North, in Over Hulton just off the M61, has been built up over the years by development company The Harworth Group.

In recent years new developments including a hotel, a major Aldi warehouse and a drive-thru Greggs have all been proposed on the site.

Ms Qureshi says that she believes this shows the importance of developers, authorities like Bolton Council and developers working in partnership.

This has been echoed by the developers themselves who hope to continue their work at the site.

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Harworth North West regional director Andrew Pexton said: “We really appreciate Yasmin Qureshi taking the time to visit the Logistics North Site and see the immense impact the site has had in recent years in delivering more jobs and opportunities for the people of Bolton.

“It was great to engage in positive discussions with her about the future of this site and how, through public-private partnership, we can work together to help deliver more projects like this across the North of England.

“Sites like Logistics North are vital in securing future skills development and long-term employment opportunities for communities across the country.

“We look forward to continued collaboration with policymakers to ensure the continued success of projects like Logistics North is sustained and replicated across the whole country."