Lidl Working on Plans for 125,000 SqM of Warehousing


Lidl are working on detailed plans for their new Regional Distribution Centre at Junction 11a of the M1 at Chalton, close to the Houghton Regis border. They would love to hear what you think before they submit a reserved matters application to Central Bedfordshire Council.

The new Regional Distribution Centre will feature:
• Over 1.2 million sq ft of warehouse floor space (nearly 125,000sqm)
• Circa 600 staff car parking spaces
• Circa 110 cycle parking spaces
• Separate vehicular access for staff via the Woodside Link Road
• A comprehensive landscaping scheme around the perimeter of the site
• The provision of an acoustic fence and bunding along the Woodside Link Road

The HRN1 site-wide masterplan and design code were approved in November 2018. The design of the new warehouse must have regard to these approved documents. The site for their new Regional Distribution Centre forms part of the Houghton Regis North 1 (HRN1) development site granted outline planning permission in June 2014. This permission consented the development of over 5,000 new homes, as well as a range of new commercial uses, including up to 125,000sqm of warehouse floorspace (Class B8).

The new Regional Distribution Centre will generate approximately 1,000 new full and part-time jobs for local people. As with Lidl stores, recruitment at their Regional Distribution Centres specifically targets the local community. The majority of the jobs will be filled locally, providing a real boost to the local economy.

The Regional Distribution Centre will offer a range of warehouse operative
roles, including, Pickers, Reach truck drivers, Stock checkers, Recycling, Warehouse management.

The Regional Distribution Centre will also have a range of other administrative and support functions, including, Payroll, IT, Supply chain, Sales, Property, Administration. Lidl supports all new warehouse staff with a comprehensive training programme.

Lidl say that all feedback will be carefully considered and, where possible, incorporated into their proposals. The area masterplan (AMP) and area design code (ADC) will be submitted to the council in the coming weeks. A detailed
reserved matters application for the Regional Distribution Centre will then follow shortly after.

If you have any queries about the proposals, please email
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Find out more about the HRN1 scheme on News Desk's associated Facebook Group, Houghton Regis Planning Applications.

Source: Lidl contact

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