In 2019 an outline planning application was submitted for development on land at Bradley Hall Farm, known as six56, by Langtree PP and Panattoni.

The application is an employment development made up of:

  • Construction of up to 287,909sqm gross internal employment floorspace (use class B8 – storage and distribution) with ancillary B1(a) offices
  • Demolition of existing agricultural outbuildings
  • Alteration to the existing access into the site with two new roundabouts into the site from Grappenhall Lane
  • Works to the M6 J20 dumbbell roundabout and realignment of the existing A50 roundabout
  • Associated car parking and service areas
  • Internal vehicle circulation roads
  • Pedestrian and cycle circulation routes
  • Earthworks to create development platforms and bunds
  • Drainage features including attenuation areas and Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS)
  • Landscaping
  • Noise mitigation features
  • Ecological works including wetland ponds
  • Electricity substation and pumping station

Inquiry latest

The Secretary of State asked for this planning application to be reviewed and a public inquiry held. The inquiry opened on 9 May and was adjourned by the Inspector on 12 May. The inquiry reopened on Tuesday 10 October and sat for two further days, including an accompanied site visit, after which it was adjourned by the Inspector. The inquiry again reopened on Tuesday 9th January 2024 and sat for a further days. The inquiry will open again at 10am  on Tuesday 11 June and will sit for four days.  The inquiry will resume at 9:30 am on subsequent days. The inquiry will take place at The Base, Dallam Lane, Warrington, WA2 7NG. The draft timetable is below.

Interested parties will be able to make oral submissions at the inquiry on matters which may have changed since their original submissions were made (please see the draft timetable for more information). Previous statements should not be repeated. 

Planning application reference number: 2019/34799

Inquiry reference number: APP/M0655/V/22/3311877 

You can view the planning application and inquiry documents on our planning portal.

Public Inquiry - Core Documents

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Core Documents
DR03 – Policy Imperative
DR04 – Summary of SoS Decisions on recent Employment sites in the North West
Inquiry Documents



Why is the Public Inquiry taking place?

Following a resolution by the council’s Development Management Committee to approve the application subject to conditions and a S106 obligation in March 2022, the application was referred to the Secretary of State due to the site’s location within the Green Belt and the scale of the proposed development.

In November 2022, the Secretary of State directed that the application should be referred to him instead of being dealt with by the local planning authority and decided to hold an inquiry.

What is the Planning Inspectorate’s role?

A Planning Inspector from the Planning Inspectorate has been instructed by the Secretary of State to oversee the inquiry. The Planning Inspectorate deals with planning appeals, national infrastructure planning applications, examinations of local plans and other planning-related and specialise casework in England. The Planning Inspectorate is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

The Inspector will make a report and recommendation to the Secretary of State under the circumstances existing at the time he or she makes it. The Inspector will take account of:

  • the material submitted to the local planning authority;
  • all the documents, required by the Inquiries Procedure Rules;
  • any relevant legislation and policies, including changes to legislation, any new Government policy or guidance and any new or emerging development plan policies since the local planning authority’s decision was issued;
  • any other matters that are material to the case.
Has the proposal changed since the Committee?


What is a Rule 6 Party and what is their role?

The South Warrington Parish Councils have been granted Rule 6(6) status. Rule 6 parties are considered to be main parties in the inquiry process. They will be sent copies of documents sent to the Inspectorate by the other main parties and will be entitled to appear at the inquiry and to cross-examine other parties.

I made comments on the application; will they be considered?

All representations received have been sent to the Planning Inspectorate.

What do I do if I want to make further comments?

The deadline for making additional comments to the Planning Inspectorate is 3 February 2023. Additional comments may be accepted after this date but this will be at the discretion of the Planning Inspectorate.

Comments should be sent to:

The Planning Inspectorate, Temple Quay House, 2 The Square, Bristol, BS1 6PN

Or by E-mail to

All representations must quote the inquiry reference number APP/M0655/V/22/3311877

When will the Public Inquiry take place?

The inquiry will take place on 9-12 May at The Base, Dallam Lane, Warrington, WA2 7NG; 10-13 October at St James Business Centre, Wilderspool Causeway, Warrington, WA4 6PS with a further session on 9-11 January 2024 at The Base, Dallam Lane, Warrington, WA2 7NG. 

Will the inspector visit the site?

Yes. Further details will be confirmed in due course.

What are the key dates?

3 February 2023 – deadline for the submission of representations to the Planning Inspectorate

8 February 2023 – the main parties must submit their Statements of Case to the Planning Inspectorate

15 February – the Inspector will hold a Case Management Conference with the main parties 

11 April 2023 – the main parties must submit their proofs of evidence to the Planning Inspectorate

9 May 2023 – the inquiry opens at 10am.


(subject to change)

Tuesday 11 June 2024


  • Resumption and housekeeping (Inspector); 
  • Council update; 
  • Rule 6 evidence roundtable discussion; and 
  • supplementary oral submissions from interested parties.


  • Evidence in Chief from Mr Kinghan (employment need) followed by Mr Johnson (employment land).

Wednesday 12 June 2024


  • Evidence in Chief from Mr Rollinson (planning).


  • Conditions and planning obligation roundtable discussion.

Thursday 113 June 2024


  • Closing submissions from Mr Groves followed by Mr White.