PLANS have been approved to turn a former brewery depot site into two industrial warehouse developments as part of a scheme to provide a “huge boost to the jobs market”.

Proposals to turn the former Carlsberg depot on Stone Cross Park in Golborne, which shut in February 2018, have been given the green light by Wigan Council.

Property developer Stoford Developments and real estate investment management firm Oxenwood Real Estate, will transform the site.

They will refurbish and extend an existing building at the site to create a 136,000 sq/ft warehouse and construct a second 72,500 sq/ft facility.

Stoford Developments director Tony Nash said: “This scheme will provide a huge boost to the local jobs market, delivering significant investment in the borough’s economy.

“Stone Cross is an established and prime logistics location with an enviable line up of well-respected tenants.

“It will offer potential occupiers a choice of two new high specification industrial, warehouse units with outstanding connectivity in a region that has a shortage of available stock.

“We are anticipating considerable demand for these new units.”

Building work is set to start in June and is expected to be completed before the end of the year.

Co-founder of Oxenwood Real Estate Stewart Little added: “The purchase of Stone Cross and our partnership with Stoford is a natural extension of our strategy within logistics as we look to recycle the proceeds of successful sales undertaken last year.”

Carlsberg’s Yew Tree Way depot was one of eight in the country the company closed in a short period of time after deliveries by the brewery were outsourced to DHL Tradeteam.

Back in February last year, around 150 draymen, warehouse and office staff were led to the nearby Stonecross Table Table pub restaurant by their colleague John Imrie, who played the bagpipes on the way.

Inside the pub, the workers had a final drink together.