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Plans for a second Andover megashed
10:50am Friday 11th January 2013 in News
PLANS have been submitted for another ‘mega shed’in Andover.
Property group Goodman – which owns and manages Andover Business Park – hopes the planning application will help create up to 900 jobs in the town.
The application seeks to amend an existing planning consent for the business park in order to provide a large building as an alternative to a number of smaller units at the back of the site.
George Glennie, development manager at Goodman, said: “We have submitted revised proposals for the business park to deliver new jobs for Andover.
“We have not received any interest in the smaller units, but have been approached by companies wishing to develop a further large distribution unit.
“Due to the uncertainty regarding the planning position however, these companies have chosen to locate elsewhere.
“We anticipate that the new proposals would create between 650 and 900 much needed new jobs for Andover depending on the eventual occupier.”
Goodman was granted planning permission for the development in March 2010, which included a new Co-operative distribution centre and a number of smaller units.
The Co-operative building is now operational and employs almost 900 people.
However the smaller units have remained empty and Goodman hopes, if planning permission is granted, a larger unit will be more attractive to businesses.
In addition to this latest proposal, 15 acres of the site remain and could be developed for smaller units if required, together with a further seven acres at the front of the site which are available for hotel, retail and leisure uses.