Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Housing and Leveling, has consulted Panattoni and Langtree’s 3.1 million ft2 Six56 development in Warrington in the North West.

The 242 acre project sits adjacent to junction 9 of the M56 and junction 20 of the M6 ​​motorway on a green belt.

It had received planning approval earlier this year, but the Foreign Secretary was rumored to convene in June in what is seen as a major about-face that could set a precedent for any development proposed for green belt sites across the country.

There is such a dearth of sites nationwide that are suitable for large logistic developments that many developers are being forced to consider green belt sites due to a lack of up-to-date local and regional plans, under-provisioned sites for employment purposes, and a lack of understanding of the Requirements of the logistics industry in general.

Previously, Gove had indicated that it was up to the planning authorities to decide the future of such plans and that he would not use his powers to claim the project.

Almost 1,000 objections to the £180m scheme were registered.

Developers have said the development will create 4,000 new jobs and free up £7.1million a year in new tax revenue for Warrington Council.