E-commerce drives plans for new logistics centre at Doncaster airport

05 / 11 / 2018

A planning application has been submitted to develop a logistics and advanced manufacturing centre on land adjacent to Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA).

The Peel Land and Property development, which will be on land that is part of the airport’s wider Aero Centre Yorkshire site, proposes up to 325,160 sq m of space, with supporting infrastructure.

The airport owner, Peel Group, said that the application has been progressed in direct response to the growing market need for large-scale regional logistics and manufacturing sites and the continued growth in e-commerce.

E-commerce giant Amazon had been using the airport for some of its European freighter flights.

A report from Sheffield based Commercial Property Partners, which accompanied the application, concludes there is a clear deficiency in logistics capacity in Doncaster with only five months’ supply of existing stock available within the local market.

"The site has the potential to make a major contribution towards the growth ambitions of Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region," the airport owner said in a statement.

Robert Hough, Peel Group main board member and chairman of Peel Airports, added: “With direct motorway access, a vibrant regional skills base, high-quality land, international connectivity, and the region’s world-renowned research and innovation strengths, we are confident this is a proposition that will attract yet more significant global brands into the Global Innovation Corridor and support the continued growth of the airport.”

The development is part of the airport's wider development plan, with cargo playing a central role.

The Vision is for an ‘aerotropolis’ with the capacity to handle 250,000 tonnes of cargo per year as well as an annual 25m passengers.

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