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Warehouse and office block costing over £25m will create 550 jobs

The plan is to build the warehouse and office space on land off Whistler Drive. (Google Maps)
The plan is to build the warehouse and office space on land off Whistler Drive. (Google Maps)

A warehouse and office block costing more than £25 million to build and capable of employing more than 550 workers has been approved for Glass Houghton.

The huge 259,000 sq ft development will be built on land off Whistler Drive and was part of the spoil tip of the former colliery.

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Proposed by Carbide Properties Ltd and Waystone 32 Ltd, the 67-ft-high building has been described as a logistics and industrial facility with integrated office space, complete with 284 car parking spaces and 54 bicycle spaces.

Once up and running, it would be operational around the clock.

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It is claimed that while the building is under construction, it will help create over 800 jobs, and once opened, could potentially help generate more than £30 million a year.

Coun Denise Jeffery, cabinet member for economic growth and regeneration, said: “This is good news for the district, as it offers jobs and opportunities and supports our ambitious plans for economic growth.”

The main site currently constitutes a cleared area which has been prepared in readiness for development.

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It will join other businesses already on the land of the old colliery, including Motorpoint UK, Teva UK, DHL, and the Really Useful Box Company.

The application is the latest in a growing number of developments on the old Glass Houghton Colliery.

Planning permission has already been established for mixed use of the surrounding site, including the new sports stadium, 1,120 homes, restaurant/pub use, and office and light industrial development.

In April a new £7m bypass was proposed in Castleford, linking the roundabout at Bruce Smeaton Way and Cutsyke Road to Whistler Drive.