PLP, a specialist logistics property business, will have the future of its plans for a manufacturing and logistics development at Haydock Point decided later today (24 November).
If approved, the site will deliver roughly 2,500 jobs and a range of training opportunities for the local community.
The scheme would also provide an annual boost to the North West economy of around £159m, with £62.2m injected directly into St Helens.
A planning application for the site that was first submitted, and subsequently rejected, in 2017 will finally be considered by the St Helens Council planning committee.
A re-evaluation of the development has arisen due to the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government calling in other logistics and distribution schemes in the surrounding area.
This has led Peel L&P, who is also working on the deal, to appeal the original decision and gain a new evaluation at the same time as other sites in the area.
Richard Knight, director of land and communities at Peel L&P, said: “Whilst we have submitted an appeal, we will continue to engage with officers and elected representatives to work towards determination at a local level, if possible.
“We believe that this is the best way to ensure that Haydock Point reflects the needs of local people and delivers maximum benefits to St Helens.”
Additional investments to the surrounding highway network at junction 23 of the M6 worth £11.4m have been proposed.