3663 gets consent to develop replacement for three depots

3663 is to start work on a new distribution centre in Kent. Planning permission has been granted by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council to 3663 for the development of the 120,000sq ft multi-temperature depot in Paddock Wood.

It is estimated the facility will cost pound;13m and it is due to open in 2009. It will include multi-temperature storage capacity and sustainable features.

A spokesperson for 3663 said: “The new development was prompted by the need to find alternative facilities in the South East with the lease of two Dunton Green depots coming to an end. We have taken the opportunity to expand our infrastructure to provide a solid platform for growth and excellent service to our customers, which will take our supply chain into the future for 2012 and beyond.

“We have kept our teams informed of our plans to upgrade our facilities at every stage and will be looking for them to join us in the transfer to the new site.”

A third 3363 depot, Edenbridge, will close following the opening of the Paddock Wood depot as it is currently at full capacity with no room for expansion.

Paddock Wood will provide about 300 jobs which will incorporate employees from the three closing depots. The new depot will be 22,000sq ft bigger than the three depots combined.

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