A BUSINESS park which council chiefs see as a key part of Middlewich's future success will not be affected by the collapse of Pochin's.

MA6NITUDE, formally known as Midpoint 18, was previously run by the family firm until it entered into a joint venture with DB Symmetry in November 2016 – known as DBS Pochin LLP.

Cheshire East Council has high hopes for the business park off Pochin Way, with an extra 70 hectares of the site expected to be in use by 2030 according to the council's local plan.

Now, DB Symmetry has given reassurance over the site's future after Pochin's entered administration last week – suggesting it could take MA6NITUDE on by itself in future if needed.

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Andrew Dickman, director at DB Symmetry, said: "The development at MA6NITUDE is unaffected by the sad news that the Pochin trading businesses have been placed into administration.

"The joint venture [DBS Pochin LLP] sits outside of this administration process.

"In any eventuality DB Symmetry has the ability to drive the development forward and is committed to doing so."

Plans were approved last October for two new warehouses at MA6NITUDE – including a £687.540 contribution for the Middlewich eastern bypass scheme – while there are further expansion plans in the pipeline.

DB Symmetry has also given committed to the future of the mixed-use development off Holmes Chapel Road, in Sproston, which was approved by Cheshire West and Chester Council last month.

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The plans for industrial units, shops, a vet and a restaurant were known as Cheshire Fresh when first proposed in 2013, before they were revived by DBS Pochin earlier this year, and DB Symmetry says the scheme now falls under the MA6NITUDE development.

Cllr Jonathan Parry, Labour CEC member for Middlewich, has welcomed the commitment to MA6NITUDE – although he is disappointed the former Cheshire Fresh scheme is to go ahead.

He said: "I have got no problem with MA6NITUDE, it is going to bring in much needed employment to the town and hopefully there are going to be contributions to the bypass.

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"I am disappointed about Cheshire Fresh – at the moment the infrastructure cannot take it.

"But we do need more employment in town. Pochin's is a massive employer in our town and we need more industry to replace that."

Administrators Grant Thornton took Pochin's on last Monday, placing 120 jobs at risk.