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500 jobs planned for Basildon warehouse site
2:10pm Tuesday 2nd October 2012 in News
NEARLY 500 new jobs could be created in Basildon if a major new distribution centre gets the go ahead.
Roxhill Developments Ltd, a nationwide industrial and commercial developer, wants planning permission for a large warehouse storage centre on the site of the former offices of finance firm First Data in Christopher Martin Road.
No client has been secured yet, but if approved, the firm is confident of attracting major retailers such as supermarkets or other big brand stores to set up a regional distribution depot.
Tony White, of planning agent Michael Sparks Associates, said: “This is for outline planning permission, but our client is confident there will be a lot of interest if it is granted. We would work with the council on the detail of the scheme if it goes ahead.”
The site is 8.4acres and could take warehouses up to 17,652 square metres in size.
Basildon Council leader Tony Ball welcomed the fact a large company was keen to invest in Basildon which hopes to remain the business hub of south Essex.