Published: 20th Jun 2011

While other towns and cities have seen their economies shrink, Warrington continues to grow. Andy Farrall looks at the factors behind its success An artist’s impression of Omega, a business park development on the edge of Warrington which is expected to create an intial 1,000 jobs if it finally gets off the ground For many years macro planning policy in the northwest sought to limit the growth of areas which were attractive to investors, in the hope that investment would flow to areas of decline and need instead. The result of this approach was that investment didn’t move in the desired direction; declining areas continued to fail and attractive areas didn’t flourish either. Warrington, however, has been one of the few exceptions. A former new town that grew rapidly in the 1970s and 80s it has continued to grow and prosper despite housing and development limitations … (To read the full article, subscribe below)