Newton Park Farm is the site of a major proposal to accommodate a regional freight interchange to serve the North West between St Helens and Wigan. The principal planning application was before the planning authorities and an application was submitted for the development of a residential enclave around a Listed Building within the site but in other ownership. That application was called in; and I represented the interchange promoter at the subsequent inquiry (April 2007). This was in the nature of a skirmish ahead of consideration of the principal application. I was instructed by Morag Thomas of Marrons on behalf of Astral (John Rhodes (below) was the planning witness).