A huge £65m ‘mega warehouse’ and office complex measuring more than half-a-million square feet and which could create more than 1,000 jobs looks set to be approved by planning chiefs this week, despite objections from the local parish council.

Developer Marshall CDP submitted plans in February for the site off Lovels Way in Halebank, which it said could create 500 full time jobs and 600 construction jobs.

Named X-Dock 545 - the scheme includes a 512,000 sq ft warehouse with 33,000 sq ft of integral two-storey office space, a combined area of 545,000 sq ft - roughly eight-and-a-half football pitches.

There will also be 181 parking bays for HGVs and 72 docking spaces, where lorries will dock to unload and load cargo. The design also includes two security gatehouses, an electricity substation, a sprinkler tank pump house, and a vehicle wash facility.

The huge site - known as HBC Fields - spans 55 acres and occupies land close to Alstom Transport Centre. Access would be gained from the existing roundabout at the end of Lovels Way. A total of 480 car parking spaces are proposed along with 102 cycle spaces.

The plans are due to be discussed at a meeting of Halton Council’s development management committee tomorrow evening, where officers have recommended it for approval.

Halebank Parish Council has objected to the plans, citing a number of concerns including noise and impact on green space.

Halton Council’s leader Cllr Mike Wharton, in his capacity as ward councillor for Ditton, Hale Village and Halebank, has also urged the committee to consider residents’ concerns over the height of the building, access to Halebank Road being for emergency use only, and noise impact.

According to Marshall's website, the proposed site is currently up for sale or lease.

Recommending approval subject to conditions, a report to the committee said the scheme was in keeping with the council's planning strategy. It said: "The proposed development clearly contributes to the ‘economic objective’ both by directly creating jobs growth with there likely being 600 full time jobs during construction, and 500 full time jobs during operation as set out in the applicant’s planning statement.”