Transport, logistics and distribution company Elddis Transport gears up for expansion and growth after plans worth nearly £ 1.5million to expand operations get green light from planners .
The move enabled the Consett-based company to gain approval to transform its recent acquisition of the former GT Engineering site in Delves Lane into new storage and distribution space as part of plans to secure capacity additional on-site for its warehouse operations.
Site works, which will enable commercial vehicles to unload / load goods as part of an expanding logistics operation, will see the installation of a new roof, access gates and improved parking, as well as refurbished offices and the addition of new dedicated training and meeting rooms.
The news follows approval earlier this summer for Elddis to continue plans for a new permanent commercial truck and trailer park at Newton Aycliffe on land off Jowett Way, which provides access to shopping centers. local transport and to the main A1M. This is part of a long-term strategy for the company to improve its current facilities and will see new accesses for vehicles and pedestrians, landscaping, lighting and security measures, including CCTV. and fences installed in the park to stimulate transport operations.
The planning approval comes after Elddis sold its site at Old Pit Lane near the Arnison Center in Durham to Premcor Estates, which is expanding the site to create a new discount food store and sales units at detail. The funds from this sale are reinvested by Elddis in the Delves Lane and Newton Aycliffe projects, with the aim of supporting the future growth and success of the company and its 320 employees.
Jonathan Wallace, Senior Director of Newcastle Planning and Development Council, Lichfields, which obtained planning approval from the Durham County Council Planning Department, said: “This is great news for Elddis and this contributes significantly to their ambitious expansion plans. We have worked closely with Durham County Council on these various projects which will not only secure skilled jobs, but will also see funds reinvested in the region, with positive spinoffs for the local economy.
The planning approval, which comes as Elddis celebrates 50 years in business, is part of future growth plans, said Richard Toner, Chief Commercial Officer of Elddis.
He added, “Our success is based on focusing on customer needs and providing quality services. The planning approval provides the platform to take it to the next level and underscores our commitment to invest in the business, creating quality additional vehicle space and facilities for longer term growth and success.
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