DPD has been granted planning permission by for its new £100 million parcel hub in Hinckley Commercial Park, East Midlands, which is set to create around 1,000 jobs when fully operational.
The company says work is now likely to commence on the site, which hopes to be able to handle 70,000 parcels an hour, in late August and that it should be completed by 2015.
“This is another important step forward for the company and also for the region and our customers, said CEO Dwain McDonald.
“I’m very proud of the fact that we have been able to create so many jobs within our sector in the last few years, given the prevailing economic conditions, and obviously the building project itself will also create jobs directly on the site and in the supply chain.”
The project is part of DPD’s £175 million investment, announced in November 2012.
Goodman has been appointed as developer.
*Goodman will deliver the new facility, which marks the second phase in Hinckley Commercial Park’s development and confirms the location as a prime distribution centre for the core East Midlands market.
Following outline planning consent, which Goodman secured in 2010, the group has invested over £14 million into the site’s infrastructure to date.
Charles Crossland, Managing Director, Goodman UK Logistics said: “Hinckley’s strategic position within the East Midlands will allow DPD to forge ahead with its UK expansion plans.
“The exponential growth of online shopping means that efficient delivery of items bought online is essential to a retailer’s customer service.
“Goodman and DPD have worked closely to secure planning permission, and today’s consent is great news for the local economy, which will benefit from considerable investment and long term job creation.”