A new £40 million business park on the edge of Plymouth is set to create a major jobs boom in the city and add 500 jobs to the area.
A number of national companies are signed up to move into the 22-acre Plymouth Enterprise Park, and after developers won permission last year to build the first phase, haulage firm Gregory Distribution has been given the go ahead to build its regional headquarters there, adding more than 100 jobs.
The Marwood Group, a plant hire company, is also expected to take over large parts of the park, with bosses for the firm vowing to create 300 new jobs if the local City Council gives them the green light to build new units on over 4 acres.
London and Devonshire, the developer behind the project, has asked council chiefs for permission to build up to 80,000 square feet of industrial units, storage space and distribution areas on the land.
The site has been vacant since a Toshiba factory closed down in 2009, with the loss of 250 jobs.
The factory buildings were later destroyed before new plans were drawn up to build the new Plymouth Enterprise Park.
The developer says 200 full-time and 100 part-time roles could be added in the second phase of its plan.
The first phase could also see energy firms Fulcrum and Plutus move in beside the Gregory and Marwood bases, with planning chiefs giving the go-ahead for Gregory to move onto the phase one land.
Gregory Haulage will look to employ around 85 daytime and 20 night shift workers at the new city base, which will become the firm’s main distribution centre for West Devon and Cornwall.