Planning approval for House of Fraser distribution hub

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Retailing giant House of Fraser has been given the go ahead to build a large distribution hub on the edge of Peterborough, creating up to 1,000 jobs.

The planning department at Peterborough City Council this week approved the plans for a 750,000 sq ft warehouse and office complex on employment land at Great Haddon.

Image shows how the House of Fraser distribution hub should appear when completed.

Image shows how the House of Fraser distribution hub should appear when completed.

Construction is expected to start by the end of the year, with the project potentially completed in 18 months time.

The news has been well received by Councillor Marco Cereste, ward councillor for the site, who believes the jobs success is a continuation of his time as council leader.

He said: “It’s great – more jobs, a good name, good quality, good news.

“They’ve kept the councillors abreast of everything that’s been going on right from the beginning.

“Peterborough is a good place to invest to work and it’s a nice place to live.

“It would be great if we could now get them to come and open a store.”

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the council, said: “This is fantastic news for the city which will create hundreds of jobs for our residents and investment in our communities.

“New business facilities in the city such as this provide significant additional business rate income which we can use to provide services.

“We’ve been saying for some time that Peterborough is a great place to do business and this kind of commitment from one of the best known high street names is proof of this.”

The state-of-the-art distribution hub will create 500 to 1,000 jobs and will operate 24 hours a day seven days a week.

It will also have 620 car parking spaces.

Agent David Shaw, planning advisor to applicants Roxhill, said: “We are pleased to have worked closely with the planning department at Peterborough City Council to ensure this important development has received permission.

“This will be one of the largest buildings in Peterborough and a very wide range of issues were taken into account to make sure it fits into Peterborough in a well planned way.”