High-pressure water main forces Accrington Stanley owner's firm to slash size warehouse

Problems with a high-pressure water main have forced an expanding business to slash the size of its proposed job-creating new warehouse.

Housewares maker and exporter What More UK Ltd, behind the popular brand ‘Wham’, had been given approval in March 2021 to build an 18,098 square metre warehouse at its Altham Business Park base. But last Wednesday the firm, owned by Accrington Stanley chairman Andy Holt, was given planning permission to reduce the size of the building to just 6,865sqm (including 241sqm of office space).

Planning officer Adam Birkett told Hyndburn Planning Committee, which approved the amended plan, that the reduction was caused by a high-pressure water main running across the site. He said while the new warehouse was in protected Green Belt land it would be allocated for employment use in the emerging Hyndburn Council Local Plan.


A statement from the firm submitted to the meeting said: “The proposed Hyndburn warehouse facility for What More UK Ltd will provide the company with extra storage capacity and secure future growth for their business within the area.

“Increasing their storage capacity will give them the ability to match peak seasonal demands, and increase their product range. What More continues to contribute to the local economy and, as a large employer in the area, the new warehouse will provide eight new positions. The new warehouse facility is a key part to the continuing growth and investment of What More UK Ltd.”

Altham Parish councillor and former Hyndburn Council leader Miles Parkinson said the revised building should be approved as the firm contributed jobs and economic benefits to the village, surrounding area and borough.

Committee chair Cllr Judith Addison said: “This is a growing business and we should do what we can to encourage it to continue to do so.”