Plans submitted for £40m logistics hub in Newarthill

XPO Logistics has submitted a planning application for the delivery of a circa £40 million logistics hub at a site in Newarthill, North Lanarkshire.

The development has been described as addressing the requirement for large-scale warehousing facilities in the region, as well as delivering biodiversity enhancement measures over the more than 40-acre site, which adjoins the company’s existing transport hub.

XPO is seeking to deliver a 300,000 square foot warehouse for storage and distribution, with associated offices. The facility is expected to create up to 473 direct jobs, as well as those created through the construction process and in the wider economy as a result of the investment.

The firm said market research has revealed an ‘acute shortage’ of warehouse space over 100,000 square feet in this locality.

The facility is aspiring to achieve net zero carbon for operational energy. This, XPO explained, will be achieved through ‘creative’ building design measures and the introduction of low and zero carbon technologies such as roof-mounted solar panels.

Only around a third of the development site will be occupied by the warehousing facilities and associated built infrastructure, with the remaining portion reserved for biodiversity enhancement measures and improved public access.

A spokesperson for XPO Logistics said, “The exciting development will provide significant benefits to the local community, with this investment of c. £40 million creating almost 500 net new jobs, delivering a 100 per cent carbon neutral facility and addressing increasing e-commerce demands.

“The submission of the planning application follows extensive consultation, and we would like to thanks the local community and wider stakeholders for their input into this.”