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Go ahead given for new data centre

Last Modified June 21, 2021
The green light has been given to the development of a 55,000 square metre data site in Hertsmere, bringing with it more than 100 jobs.

The proposed development, in the heart of Borehamwood's Elstree Way employment area and the site of the former Sainsbury's distribution depot, would see the demolition of existing structures and the construction of the new data centre and ancillary offices and car parking provision.

At our planning committee last week, members heard that refinements had been made to the original proposals following the deferral of an initial application in April, including an agreement by the developers to contribute towards a public cycle hire scheme and additional photovoltaic panels on the roof to provide solar energy, five times as many as originally proposed.

The developers are also undertaking to ensure that the data centre will use only energy from renewable green sources.

Cllr Caroline Clapper, Portfolio Holder for Property and Economic Development, said: "This development once again demonstrates that Hertsmere is open for business and an attractive location for companies of all sizes and sectors.

"It comes as nearby Sky Studios Elstree, which is set to create 2000 jobs, is starting to taking shape, and the two new soundstages at Elstree Studios, which will create at least 800 jobs, is under development.

"I welcome this news of further employment in the borough and look forward to seeing the plans take further shape."

The full committee report for this scheme can be viewed at item 5B here.

Posted on Monday 21st June 2021

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