Massive logistics and distribution centre on outskirts of Hartlepool would create 3,000 jobs
Plans have been submitted to build a state-of-the-art logistics and distribution centre near Hartlepool after the Tees Valley Mayor approved over £5 million of investment.
Helios Properties is seeking planning permission for the new facility at Wynyard, which will offer over two million square feet of space and is said will create up to 3,000 jobs during its construction and operation.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen signed-off a £5.8million investment for the scheme in July which he says was critical to secure the development and jobs.
The size of the facility would be similar is that of Amazon’s ‘fulfilment centre’ in Darlington which opened recently.
Trevor Cartner of Helios Properties said: “This is a huge investment into the area and once it is up and running this centre will create good-quality well paid jobs covering everything from fulfilment staff to HR to finance, business, IT support and engineering.
"There will also be a significant boost for our construction sector with many more jobs created and safeguarded.
“We have only been able to get to this stage thanks to the backing of Mayor Houchen who sees, as we do, the huge benefits it terms of jobs our plans will bring to the region.”
Subject to planning permission the facility is expected to be operational by September 2022, although it has not been confirmed yet who will occupy it.
Mayor Houchen said: “Logistics is a hugely important sector with huge potential for growth, that’s why the sector is playing an important role in my plan for jobs – a plan that is delivering good-quality, well paid jobs for local workers.
“With the deepest port on the east coast that’s also the fifth largest port in the UK right on our doorstep, we are well positioned to take advantage of the explosive growth in the sector that will come over the coming years.
“My number one priority is always attracting the businesses and investment to the Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool that will create the good quality well-paid jobs we all want to see come to our region and that’s why I am backing these plans.”