Major investment will create new jobs for Leicestershire

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Gazeley and UK Coal developer Haworth Estates have submitted plans for an 850,000 sq ft sustainable logistics building near Ashby de la Zouche in Leicestershire, which could create up to 900 jobs.

The redevelopment of the derelict Lounge coal distribution depot for an 850,000 sq ft sustainable logistics building is being undertaken in a £70m Joint Venture with Harworth Estates, the property arm of UK COAL, Britain’s biggest coal producer.

As well as creating about 900 new jobs, the plans will also meet current demand for more rail connected distribution facilities across the East Midlands.

Don Morgan, planning director of Gazeley UK, said: “The development will provide jobs for local people in warehousing, office and managerial positions, with this major investment helping to boost the region’s economy.

“We will transform a disused brown field site and include leading edge eco-features to reduce the environmental footprint of the building, while delivering significant annual operating cost savings to the occupier through reduced energy consumption. We plan to meet representatives of the local community and discuss our proposals with them.”

Working with town planning and urban design consultancy, Turley Associates, proposals were submitted to North West Leicestershire District Council this week. If successful, Gazeley and UK Coal anticipate construction will begin on site in mid 2008.

Eddie Peat, Harworth Estates’ property director, said: “There is a major need for additional distribution facilities across the East Midlands. The proximity to the existing rail freight track makes this in an ideal location for our development. The focus on rail transport will have a positive impact as it will reduce the need to transfer goods by road, which will not only lighten congestion but also significantly reduce environmental impact.”

The development will include a number of eco-measures such as rain water harvesting and recycling, provided by Gazeley.

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