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Culina Foods to create 280 jobs at Port Salford

Food firm Culina has confirmed plans to become the first tenant of the multi-million pound Port Salford development, in a move that will create 280 jobs.

It comes after Peel was given the green light for the project last week, despite a previous agreement with the city council to build a new rail and road link first.

Peel was successful in its bid to amend its planning permission for the new £138m rail, road, and shipping terminal, currently under construction at Barton.

The move had angered the Labour Party’s Irlam and Cadishead branch and local councillors. Peel was granted planning permission for the development and road and rail infrastructure in 2009.

But Culina, a logistics company in the food sector, wants to occupy the first 26,000 sq ft warehouse from the March 2016.

Peel asked for the conditions to be amended so Culina can operate from the site before road and rail links are finished.

Culina will occupy the first warehouse unit comprising(280,000 sq ft of accommodation, including ancillary offices, service yard and parking.

It is expected to be completed by April 2016 and fully operational by the end of 2016.

Mark Whitworth, CEO Peel Ports Group, said: “We are delighted to welcome Culina Group as the anchor tenant at the National Import Centre.

"Their presence as a market leading logistics organisation, handling the supply chain requirements of some of the world’s biggest, best and most recognisable food and drink companies, will act as a catalyst to attract more logistics providers to the area.”

Thomas Van Mourik, CEO, Culina Group, said: “This is fantastic news and a really important development as we seek to enhance our market leading position.

"Culina Port Salford will give us a real strategic foothold in the North West, enabling us to manage the growth of our existing clients, bring even more new business on board and create a substantial number of jobs in the region.”

Peel’s request for a change in planning permission related to Condition 9 that the rail link should be in place before any businesses start to operate from the site and Condition 10 that the new road leading to the site, going underneath Barton Bridge, be completed before any businesses start to operate from the site.

Source: - 23 March 2015