Retailer Pets at Home has unveiled plans to move into a huge new £48 million storage and distribution centre in Staffordshire.
The firm has signed a conditional agreement for a 20-year lease on the proposed unit at a 52-acre site at Stafford North Business Park, close to junction 14 of the M6.
The scheme comprises of a purpose-built 620,000 sq ft warehouse and a three-storey office of 50,000 sq ft. Plans also include the construction of a new roundabout on the A34 Stone Road and an access road to serve the new warehouse.
The proposal forms phase two of Redhill Business Park which was developed following an £11 million investment by Staffordshire County Council. Local occupiers include Iron Mountain, GE Grid Solutions, Screwfix, Culina, Saint Gobain and OMICRON.
A public consultation has now been launched over the plans ahead of a planning application being submitted to Stafford Borough Council later this month.
If the proposals are approved, construction on Pets at Home’s new headquarters could start as early as next year – and be completed during 2022.
Dan Gallagher, joint managing director at Birmingham-based Stoford Developments which is delivering the development, said: “We’re excited about the opportunity to deliver this modern, high-quality development on behalf of Pets at Home.
“Stafford North Business Park offers a superb central location, with excellent motorway connections and a host of household occupiers nearby. It has the potential to become one of Staffordshire’s key employment sites and will make a valuable contribution in sustaining jobs in the region and in attracting private sector investment during a challenging period for the local and national economy.
“We are keen to hear from residents and stakeholders and would like to encourage all interested parties to engage with our consultation.”
It it understood that Pets at Home will shut its Trentham Lakes warehouse, in Stoke-on-Trent, and move into the new HQ in Stafford once the site is complete.
According to StokeonTrentLive, staff currently based at the Stanley Matthews Way site will be offered the chance to relocate to the new warehouse 11 miles away.
The online stakeholder and public consultation is now open and comments are welcomed for consideration. To respond, or for further details on the proposals, visit staffordnorthbusinesspark.com.