Air­port lo­gis­tics hub could cre­ate thou­sands of jobs.

Cen­tre pro­jected to bring in £1.94bn for the re­gion

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Casci BUSI­NESS EDI­TOR @MarkCasci

A plan to cre­ate more than 5,300 jobs across a 3.5m sq ft lo­gis­tics hub at Don­caster Sh­effield Air­port has been re­vealed.

As part of the air­port’s wider site, Aero Cen­tre York­shire, a pro­posal for up to 325,160 sq m of state-of-the-art lo­gis­tics and ad­vanced man­u­fac­tur­ing space, with sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture will be sub­mit­ted to­day.

The de­vel­op­ment will pro­vide 5,300 jobs once fully op­er­a­tional, with a long-term cu­mu­la­tive eco­nomic im­pact of up to £1.94bn.

The site has the po­ten­tial to make a ma­jor con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the growth am­bi­tions of Don­caster and the wider Sh­effield City Re­gion.

The lo­gis­tics hub pro­posal is part of an am­bi­tious mas­ter­plan from the air­port as its strives to be­come a ma­jor in­ter­na­tional trans­port hub with its own East Coast Main­line rail­way sta­tion and the ca­pac­ity to pro­vide air travel to more than 25 mil­lion peo­ple. The ma­jor em­ploy­ment site could also be served by the pro­posed rail­way sta­tion at DSA con­nected to the East Coast Main­line. Robert Hough, Peel Group main board mem­ber and chair­man of Peel Air­ports, said: “This pro­posed de­vel­op­ment is fur­ther ev­i­dence of our de­liv­er­ing on our vi­sion for DSA and Aero Cen­tre York­shire.

“It will be an in­te­gral part of the avi­a­tion led eco­nomic clus­ter we are de­vel­op­ing around our fast grow­ing air­port, with Aero Cen­tre York­shire act­ing as one of the main driv­ers of the Sh­effield City Re­gion’s de­vel­op­ing Global In­no­va­tion Cor­ri­dor.

“With di­rect mo­tor­way ac­cess, a vi­brant re­gional skills base, high-qual­ity land, in­ter­na­tional con­nec­tiv­ity, and the re­gion’s world-renowned re­search and in­no­va­tion strengths, we are con­fi­dent this is a propo­si­tion that will at­tract yet more sig­nif­i­cant global brands into the Global In­no­va­tion Cor­ri­dor and sup­port the con­tin­ued growth of the air­port.”

The ap­pli­ca­tion has been pro­gressed in di­rect re­sponse to the grow­ing mar­ket need for largescale re­gional lo­gis­tics and man­u­fac­tur­ing sites and the con­tin­ued growth in e-com­merce. A re­port from Sh­effield based Com­mer­cial Prop­erty Part­ners which ac­com­pa­nied the ap­pli­ca­tion, con­cludes there is a clear de­fi­ciency in lo­gis­tics ca­pac­ity in Don­caster with only five months’ sup­ply of ex­ist­ing stock avail­able within the lo­cal mar­ket.

The de­vel­op­ment is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in phases and be fully oc­cu­pied by 2025, cre­at­ing at least 230 jobs dur­ing the con­struc­tion pe­riod, with £300m in­vested in con­struc­tion ex­pen­di­ture.

Named the ‘aerotropo­lis’ for the North of Eng­land that would gen­er­ate 73,000 new jobs and hand a £3.2bn eco­nomic boost to the re­gion over the next two decades. In ad­di­tion to boost­ing pas­sen­ger ca­pac­ity, the air­port wants to in­crease the vol­ume of cargo it han­dles to 250,000 tonnes a year and host the con­struc­tion of 8,500 new homes within its site.

Cen­tral to the ex­pan­sion plan is to di­rectly link the air­port to Lon­don and Leeds with a newly-cre­ated rail­way sta­tion along the East Coast Main­line, a move it says will place close to nine mil­lion peo­ple, from the sub­urbs of the Lon­don north­wards, within 90 min­utes of the air­port.

In 2017, Aero Cen­tre York­shire was se­lected as part of the Gov­ern­ment’s North­ern Pow­er­house In­vest­ment Port­fo­lio, one of only 12 projects se­lected to help at­tract sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment to the North.

The 1,600-acre site is al­ready home to over 100 com­pa­nies in­clud­ing 2 Ex­cel Avi­a­tion, Cessna, Redline and An­glo World Cargo.

Peel is in­volved in a number of projects across the UK, in­clud­ing the intu Traf­ford Cen­tre, Port Sal­ford, Liver­pool 2 and Me­di­aCity UK.

The project team for the ap­pli­ca­tion in­cluded Fletcher Rae, AECOM, TTHC, Genecon, and Bick­erdike Allen, along with plan­ning con­sul­tancy Tur­leys.

It will be an in­te­gral part of avi­a­tion led eco­nomic clus­ter.

PICTURE: SHAUN FLAN­NERY

SHAKE ON IT:Jonathan Spruce of Trans­port For The North with Robert Hough CBE, chair­man of Peel Air­ports.

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