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Jobs up for grabs after out of town parcel depot near Glenfield is given planning permission
New jobs will be created after plans to build an out-of-town parcel depot were given the green light.
DPD plans to open a 60,000 sq ft warehouse at the Optimus Point site, near Glenfield – replacing an existig operation at nearby Meridian Business Park.
It would have a total workforce of 170, split between new and existing staff relocating.
Blaby District Councillors have granted planning permission for developer Wilson Bowden to go ahead with the plans.
Wilson Bowden planning director David Ward said: "This development will build on the ongoing success of Wilson Bowden's Optimus Point employment site.
"We have seen significant development since the site opened in 2014, and we look forward to welcoming DPD to join the businesses already here enjoying its superb location, access and high quality setting."
He said it was hoped work would get underway in the autumn, with DPD moving in next year.
In 2014 DPD created 1,000 jobs after investing £100 million building a 360,000 sq ft warehouse in Hinckley.
This will be the latest warehouse to go up on Optimus Point, a 65 acre site which could eventually create up to 2,300 jobs with companies including Boden, Everards and Gearys Bakery.
Wilson Bowden said its location next to junction 21a of the M1 will help meet the growing needs of employers and investors in the area.
A planning report for the new Glenfield building stated: "This current application proposes a bespoke unit for occupation by DPD, one of the UK's leading parcel distribution businesses.
"At present DPD operate from premises at Meridian Business Park, however in response to the growth and operational requirements for the business, they require new premises."
It said the new building would be set back from the main Kirby Road, close to junction with Mill Lane, and would be about 41 ft high.
It would distribute 14,934 parcels a day, operating around the clock on weekdays.
There would be parking for 136 cars, 158 vans and 20 lorries.
Planning permission was granted on Thursday.
Cat Hartley, Blaby District Council's group manager for planning and economic development said: "The approval of the development is excellent news as it will see DPD remain in the district at Optimus Point.
"They have been part of our local area for over 20 years and the new development will ensure existing jobs will remain within the District of Blaby, as well as the creation of new jobs that are anticipated to come from this move."
Six letters were sent to Blaby District Council as part of the planning process raising concerns over things such as the possibility of 24 hours noise; light pollution; loss of green fields; over-industrialisation; traffic and the possible loss of the "village feel".
Glenfield Parish Councillors said they were concerned that the plans were "significantly" different to original proposals.
In a written statement, they said: "It is now a 24 hour operation with up to 160 vehicles entering and exiting the site.
"The proposed location of the loading area will mean headlamps shining onto the adjacent residential properties throughout the evenings and the night and noise levels will be significantly increased.
"The parish has had some concern over the air quality in this area and this development will now reduce the air quality even further.
"Kirby Road was never designed to take this level of traffic – it will only add to the already congested network."
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