Warehouse proposal could create 760 jobs

The old Ford Spors and Social Club site, now earmarked for a new warehouse that could provide up to 760 new jobs.
The old Ford Spors and Social Club site, now earmarked for a new warehouse that could provide up to 760 new jobs.

Proposals for a new storage and distribution centre on the site of the old Ford Sports and Social Club could create up to 760 new jobs in Daventry.

Plans for the 27,682 sq m (297,966 sq ft) warehouse on the Royal Oak Industrial 
Estate just north of the Ford parts distribution centre have been submitted to Daventry District Council.

The site, located just under a mile from the town centre, was purchased from Ford by Gazely UK Ltd in 2012 after acquiring outline planning permission.

The land has remained unused since the sports and social club closed three years ago.

As well as a large 16-metre tall warehouse, the proposed development would include additional offices and parking space for 230 cars, 120 heavy goods vehicles and 64 bikes.

Gazely, which is an international logistics developer with projects across Europe, America and China, hopes to attract interest from large companies looking to establish a new distribution centre or expand.

The reports lists a number of environmental considerations including a number of badger sets and the presence of nesting birds.

The proposal includes plans to mitigate the warehouse’s visual impact from land to the west, which is classed as a special landscape area, through the use of faded blue panels on the exterior as well as the planting of trees to screen the centre from the road. The land has a 10-metre elevation over that of neighbouring plots.

Because of the existing industrial nature of the area there are no plans for any exceptional planning gain agreements.

A planning report on the site by CgMs consulting says: “The development would see the loss of open space and sports facilities but would deliver economic growth within an area designated for industrial development, provide acceptable access arrangements and be appropriately located within the site so as to have an acceptable cumulative visual impact on the special landscape area.”

The planning application will be decided on by DDC at a future date.

Ford are also looking to develop the land which lies to the south of their main site along Leamington Way.