BLUEPRINTS for a new ‘advanced manufacturing city’ alongside the M62 could take shape in Bury.

Economic development chiefs believe the M62 North East Growth Corridor, which runs to the south-east of the borough, is the “largest growth area in Greater Manchester”.

And the potential for encouraging advanced manufacturing outfits and logistics specialists to locate beside the bustling route is seen as a huge potential magnet for inward investment.

More than one million square feet of new mixed employment space could be created in Bury and neighbouring Rochdale and Oldham, under the plans.

Cllr David Thomas, Bury Council leader and lead member for economic growth, said: “This fits very comfortably with our aspirations for this part of Bury.

“Businesses are crying out for locations with great motorway links so all we have to do is make the right offer possible.”

Cllr Thomas was speaking following the submission of Greater Manchester’s local industrial strategy by the combined authority.

The strategy states: “Logistics centres will sit alongside advanced manufacturing, advanced materials production, renewables and green technologies.

“This area has already been identified by government as a ‘High Potential Opportunity’ pilot area for developing and scaling up production of lightweight and specialist materials for the transport sector, particularly light alloys, technical textiles, coatings, graphene and 2D materials, and materials for demanding environments.”

Under the plans, part of the growth corridor would become a new ‘Advanced Materials City’, potentially becoming Britain’s manufacturing answer to Silicon Valley. Industry would be encouraged to work closely with universities, colleges and schools to further the development.