Warehouse bid 'will create 500 jobs'

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 December 2011 | UPDATED: 14:33 20 December 2011

Arla distribution centre exhibition

Arla distribution centre exhibition

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HUNDREDS of new jobs could be created in Hatfield if a new dairy products warehouse gets the green light.

Plans for a new Arla Foods distribution centre at Hatfield Business Park could lead to 500 new jobs, bucking the grim national economic picture.

The proposals went on display at a public exhibition in Mosquito Way on Monday and will go on until the end of January.

Arla Foods is the global dairy co-operative which produces well-known brands including Anchor, Lurpak and Cravendale Milk.

The firm, in partnership with Hoddesdon-based PCL Transport, is proposing a major investment to deliver a regional cold store distribution hub in Hatfield to support its UK growth strategy and serve its growing customer base in the south-east of England.

The new warehouse was described as “an integral part of Arla’s new strategy for the UK”.

Jobs that could be created include managerial staff, drivers, mechanics, and warehouse operatives.

If the proposals go ahead Arla Foods hopes the facility will be operational by the second quarter of 2013.

James Raven, development director for Goodman, said: “Goodman’s regeneration of Hatfield Business Park (in partnership with Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council) has directly generated more than 10,000 jobs.

“These latest proposals will further enhance the park’s thriving mixed-use community and perpetuate the quality of development and environment with which Hatfield Business Park has become synonymous.

“We would welcome people to come along to see exactly what Arla and Goodman are proposing.

“The whole purpose of the exhibition is to understand the views of the local community and how we can best integrate the proposal within the vibrant mix of businesses already located here.

“There will be representatives from Goodman, available to answer any questions.”

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