A massive distribution centre is planned for Leicestershire. This Amazon move is likely to create at least 2,000 jobs. Asian Lite News reports
Sources say that the world’s largest retailer Amazon is all poised to open a £100 million project- a 1.3 million sq ft warehouse at Little Battleflat Farm, on the outskirts of Ellistown, near Coalville.
It will be so large, measuring more than 1,600ft by at least 600ft, that it will be able to handle more than 80 articulated lorries at one time, says a Leicester Mercury report.
It will be developed by Mountpark Logistics, which already has outline planning consent for the scheme.
It will be managed by Nottingham-based planning consultants Oxalis Planning.
According to Leicester Mercury in a letter to North West Leicestershire District Council, Oxalis planner Steve Harley, said: “The details submitted are to meet the specific requirements of a major occupier keen to establish a new facility on this site, bringing significant investment and job creation to the local area.”
The application, which was submitted to the council last week, was filed under “reserved matters”, which means it can be processed quickly to bring the site forward as soon as possible to meet Amazon’s needs.
People familiar with the application say full planning consent could be announced within 28 days.
Andrew Bridgen, the MP for North West Leicestershire, told Leicester Mercury: “The potential to create more than 2,000 jobs is more good news for North West Leicestershire.
“It is a huge, long-term investment and a vote of confidence in the area. We are playing to the strengths of our strategic location at the centre of the UK.”
Mr Bridgen added that Chancellor George Osborne’s decision to allow local authorities to keep 100 per cent of business rate proceeds will also come as a welcome boost to the area, with an estimated £2 million of business rates likely to be generated by the site. This would be split 80:20 by the district and county councils respectively.
The application includes a section 106 planning agreement which will commit the developer to various local improvements, thought to include a £300,000 community fund, a National Forest buffer to separate the development from Ellistown, as well as road improvements and a new play area for the village.
Ellistown councillor Keith Merrie told Mercury: “We are looking to forge a strong relationship between the developer, the occupier and the local village to improve life for locals.
“The National Forest buffer means the development will have no visual impact on the village and we are working with the developer to ensure a robust routing strategy for HGV vehicles.”
In August the Mercury revealed that Amazon was moving its Leicestershire delivery warehouse from Willow Farm Business Park, near Castle Donington, to a 250,000 sq ft building at the nearby Interlink Business Park in Bardon.
Amazon declined to comment on what it termed “speculation” about its new distribution hub.