Tuesday 25th Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Carlsberg drops plan for 640,000 sq ft NDC

Carlsberg has withdrawn plans to move to a 640,000 sq ft distribution centre at Brackmills.

In March, the brewer set out the plan to move from its existing Swan Valley NDC to the site being developed by Roxhill on a 43.8 acre site adjacent to the Brackmills Point scheme just south of Bedford Road.

The proposal was withdrawn just two days before it was due to go to Northampton Borough Council’s planning committee on 17th July.

Announcing the plan in March, Carlsberg said: “The development would allow us to overcome capacity issues at Swan Valley and Heathfield Way, create local employment opportunities and ultimately underlines our long-standing and successful commitment to Northampton where many of our employees live.”

In a statement, Carlsberg today said: “Having taken time to consider the proposal alongside our colleagues within the Group, we have taken the decision not to proceed with the development, meaning our National Distribution Centre will not relocate to Brackmills. 

“Our decision is based on a thorough analysis of the economic and business case. Consequently we have informed Roxhill Ltd and the local Borough Council of our decision ahead of the application being heard later this month.

“Any potential next steps regarding the planning application now remain with Roxhill Ltd.
Carlsberg UK will continue to explore options for the future national supply chain solution however there is no confirmed decision or timescale on this.

“Our existing facilities and recent investment in Northamptonshire, which we are proud to have called our home since the 1970s, mean we are excellently placed to operate our business for the benefit of our customers and employees.”