Work has started on a brand new warehouse which will create nearly 1,000 new jobs after nearly two years of opposition. The warehouse and job park will be known as G-Park.
The project will span 48 acres and settle on the former Coal Lounge, Coal Preparation and Disposal Point on the edge of Ashby. North West Leicestershire District Council gave planning permission for the site last year and the first works on site will take place this week.
It has been touted as being in the “Golden Triangle” for logistics due to its location. G-Park will become a major asset to Leicestershire and the wider Midlands, planning developers GLP have said.
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Situated on land adjacent to the A511 and M42, G-Park will comprise at least one main warehouse which can be extended to two depending on customer requirements. The site will also include a series of offices, as well as 555 parking spaces, reports LeicestershireLive.
In total, G-Park is expected to lead to a major employment boom, with GLP stating that they expect 880 to 990 full-time jobs to be created through this program. It is believed that this could also indirectly create 510 additional positions as a result of the development.
However, the scheme has not been without controversy. Prior to being given the go-ahead, high-profile opposition had been voiced, with the Ashby Civic Society believing G-Park would “gobble up” the campaign. Others have expressed concerns about increased traffic along the A511 and the environmental impact it could have on the region.
GLP claims to have put ecology at the heart of the project, with a colony of crested newts that used to live on the site having been appropriately relocated. The developers say G-Park will also feature extensive green outdoor space for landscaping and nature, including eco-ponds.
Adrienne Howells, Senior Director of Development at GLP, said: “G-Park Ashby is an exciting addition to our portfolio in the Midlands and signals our continued belief in opportunities in the Golden Triangle. Trends such as e-commerce have boosted the already high demand for prime logistics space, especially for high-quality, conveniently located, sustainable facilities like this one.
“Not only will this new development bring great opportunities to our customers; it will also boost employment in the region, creating nearly 1,000 new jobs and providing significant benefits to the local economy. Once again, we are planning our development with place building as a priority, focusing on environmental features such as our ponds, open green spaces and our G-Hive bee program.
The current earthworks on G-Park are expected to be completed in early 2023. The full site is expected to be completed by March 2024.
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