Huge distribution centre near Cranbrook is given the nod by planners


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Hundreds of local jobs could be made for Cranbrook residents after plans for a massive distribution centre near the town were given the green light.

The sprawling development, which will be known as ‘Exeter Gateway Phase 2’, comprises 110,000 sq m of storage and distribution floor space on a site neighbouring Lidl’s distribution centre on London Road.

The current site houses the derelict buildings of Hayes Farm on its south-western corner, which will be demolished to make way for the new development.

In its application, the Church Commissioners For England said: “At 29.41 hectares the site covers a substantial area and is capable of accommodating a significant employment development.

“Exeter Gateway Phase 2 will provide the opportunity for large numbers of permanent and temporary jobs, both in construction phase and beyond and will provide significant local authority revenues.”

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Throughout the planning process, two parallel ‘Master Plan’ scenarios have been considered for the site.

The first, ‘Scenario 1’ is a response to existing market demand with the provision of a single large unit of around one million square feet (92,9000 sq.m.).

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‘Scenario 2’ would see the site offer a multi-unit option, providing a range of sizes and configurations informed by ongoing market need.

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