Green light recommended for lab equipment provider’s new distribution centre

Credit: Stephen George and Partners LLP

A planning application from Wilson Bowden Developments, for the construction of a distribution centre and offices at Optimus Point, on land off Kirby Road/Ratby Lane has been recommended for approval by Blaby District Council.

The application site is approximately 2.15 ha and it is centrally located within the Optimus Point Key Employment Site and within the built-up area of Glenfield.

The new unit would be occupied by Sarstedt, the providers of laboratory and medical equipment. Currently Sarstedt operate from premises at Beaumont Leys, however due to the growth and operational requirements of the business, they require a bigger site and new premises which will allow for future expansion.

The proposed unit is 5947 m2 and would consist of 4756 m2 of warehouse space and 1191 m2 of offices.

A council document states: “The location of the proposed development is close to major highway infrastructure and other commercial developments and is removed from neighbouring residents and designated heritage assets. Extensive areas of new landscaping are to be provided.

“There are no overriding environmental constraints to preclude this proposed sustainable development, which would deliver significant and permanent economic benefits to the District of Blaby and where necessary, existing mitigation measures have ensured that any impacts are mimimised. No objections have been received from statutory consultees having particular regard to implications for local ecology, flood risk and highway safety.”