Up to 1,000 jobs are set to be created at a new parcel delivery hub in Leicestershire.
French firm DPD is planning to create a £100 million distribution site in Hinckley.
The 330,000sq ft development, planned for Hinckley Commercial Park, off the A5, will be one of the largest of its kind in Europe.
Bosses says the expansion is due to increased demand from online shoppers. DPD delivers goods on behalf of major retailers.
Dwain McDonald, DPD chief executive, said: “The Hinckley site provides us with the optimum location in terms of motorway links for the whole of the UK and the new hub will give us the capacity, scale and flexibility to meet the future demands of our rapidly growing customer base.”
If given the go ahead, the depot would be built by developer Goodman, which owns Hinckley Commercial Park. DPD currently has three hubs and 50 depots across the UK.
Charles Crossland, of Goodman, said: “DPD is one of the world’s largest parcel delivery specialists, and its decision to locate at Hinckley Commercial Park is testament to the quality of the site, transport connectivity and the available local workforce. DPD’s planned investment into this parcel hub will be considerable, and greatly benefit the local community and wider region.”
Councillor Stuart Bray, leader of Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council, said: “We welcome the jobs being brought to the area by Goodman and anticipate these being the first of many hundreds to come to the borough as a result of the council’s regeneration programme.
“We have been working over the last few months with Goodman and the team from DPD to facilitate this state-of-the-art facility on land allocated for new employment at Sketchley Brook. This will significantly contribute to the council’s regeneration plans for securing over £1 billion investment in economic growth in the area over the next 10 to 15 years, creating jobs for local people. We look forward to future partnership working with DPD to promote apprenticeship and secure the best possible opportunities for residents of the borough.”