CITY councillors will meet on Friday to give a verdict on plans to build a DPD distribution centre which is expected to 'benefit local people and contribute to the economic growth of the area.'

Carlisle City Council’s development panel is set to meet at the Civic Centre on Friday from 10am.

And one of the proposals set for a decision is to build a DPD distribution centre in Kingmoor Park.

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The development would include car parking, a service yard, vehicle storage and a new access road.

If approved, the distribution centre would be built across two parcels of land, one within and another adjacent to the bounds of Kingmoor Park.

The applicant has said that the development would benefit Carlisle’s economy.

In supporting statements submitted to the council, they said: “The new unit will create space for DPD to expand and bring more jobs to the area, which will benefit local people and contribute to the economic growth of the area.

If approved, the distribution centre would be access from a new road from Dukes Drive.

'Contemporary design principles' have been used in planning process to give the development a modern look and feel.

It represents one of a number of initiatives of growth at the enterprise park.

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The city council has been told: “Although the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic is challenging for us all, we hope that Kingmoor Park Properties' commitment to the creation of new and varied jobs by delivering a high quality employment development in a highly sustainable location together with a range of other added benefits will be supported by key stakeholders.”

Carlisle City Council recently gave approval for a drive-thru Starbucks on Kingstown Broadway which is expected to create up to 30 jobs.

Kingmoor Park has also been shortlisted as one of the sites that could potentially house a factory for Rolls Royce, producing the 'heavy vessels' for their Small Modular Reactors.

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