Over 400 jobs could be created as developer reveals plans for Mercia Park expansion

Mercia Park

Over 400 jobs could be created after it was announced that plans to expand Mercia Park near Junction 11 of the M42 in north west Leicestershire are set to be unveiled at a public consultation.

Proposals for the expansion are being brought forward by developer IM Properties, the developer of Mercia Park, which includes JLR’s Global Logistics Centre (Unipart) and a flagship facility for global transport and logistics company DSV.

The proposed expansion would mean that DSV would take another 600,000 sq ft building on the site.

DSV’s proposed expansion would create 420 new jobs. The business, which is headquartered in Denmark, currently employs nearly 400 people at its Mercia Park facility, serving major brands across the retail, wholesale and ecommerce sectors.

North West Leicestershire District Council’s draft Local Plan has proposed the land to the north of Junction 11, M42 as a potential allocation for strategic distribution/

Matt Fox, planning director at IM Properties said: “Our proposals for expansion will build upon the success of Mercia Park, underpinned by high standards of building design, extensive landscaping including biodiversity enhancement as well as accessible green space and measures to reduce visual impact.

“Working with DSV we will continue to promote sustainable travel and carefully manage traffic from the development in the local area, as well as ensure the site offers benefits to local communities as well as the people working at Mercia Park.

“While we draw on our own comprehensive experience and the specialist insight of our professional team, we know we can achieve a better outcome by working with local people.”

Surinder Dubro, executive vice president, solutions, UK, Ireland and Nordics at DSV said: “Mercia Park is an excellent location which has allowed us to develop a highly skilled workforce and deliver excellent customer service, all within a sustainable and low carbon environment. Expanding our operations with a new building is an important opportunity to our expansion in the UK creating a range of new roles for local people.”

IM Properties says it will submit a planning application to North West Leicestershire District Council later this year.

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