DHL has revealed plan to build a huge new industrial estate in Northamptonshire creating 1,200 jobs - here's how to have your say

'World class' logisitics hub would apparently create 1,200 jobs, £3m in business rates and provide new home for Towcester Town FC

Monday, 19th April 2021, 5:25 pm
DHL wants to build a new logistics hub near Towcester. Photo: Getty Images, taken at a DHL hub in Germany in 2014

Residents' views are being sought on a plan to build a huge new industrial estate near Towcester that will apparently create 1,200 full-time jobs.

DHL Supply Chain has launched a public consultation on its proposed 'world class' logisitics hub on one million square feet of land north of the Bell Plantation Garden Centre.

A spokesperson for the project said: “Steady increases in online retail, and the impact of the pandemic, means that the logistics sector is now more important than ever.

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“To meet that rising demand, we believe Towcester is the ideal location, with excellent links to the national road network, including the M1 and M40."

The spokesperson said concerns have been raised about traffic from the site, said to generate over £3 million in business rates, going through Towcester town centre.

So a 'robust' transport plan will minimise that and will instead use the forthcoming Towcester Relief Road and other existing main roads.

The scheme will also set aside six hectares of land for new grass sports pitches and other associated facilities for Towcester Town FC.

There would also be new pedestrian and cycle routes, extra tree and hedgerow planting and net gains in biodiversity through additional greening and habitat creation, according to DHL.

The land has been allocated in the South Northamptonshire Local Plan for employment space.

“We are looking to bring forward a world class scheme that will create up to 1,200 jobs, boost the local economy, improve biodiversity, and ensures DHL continues to deliver market-leading services," the project spokesperson added.

“Following an unprecedented year, DHL is keen to support the UK’s economic recovery and we believe our Towcester scheme will play a significant role in reviving the regional economy post-Covid-19.”

The consultation opened last week and runs until Sunday (April 25), after which DHL will review the feedback before submitting a planning application.

To take part and view a virtual exhibition, visit dhl-towcester.consultationonline.co.uk.