Tesco is battling to build a 122,000 sq ft dot.com depot in Crawley.
Lynton Developments has submitted plans to the council for a home deliveries centre with 198 car parking spaces, service yards, vehicle maintenance buildings, vehicle fuelling and washing facilities and landscaping on a 21 acres site close at Manor Royal.
The centre will be run 24/7 and employ 600 people with up to 60 per cent full time and 40 per cent part time. The council’s development committee has agreed to the plans but as the scheme is on non-employment land it is deemed to go against the local plan and must be ratified by the whole council. Local councillors are concerned that if they turn down the application they will lose these valuable jobs to another borough.
The dot.com centre will service Brighton Hove and the surrounding district.