UP to 150 jobs could be created at a South Derbyshire logistics firm, as council chiefs are set to give the seal of approval to its expansion plans.
ATL Ltd plans to build a new warehouse at its Foston base and extend its existing warehouse which it says could almost double its workforce.
As part of the plan, a number of improvements would also be made to the nearby A50 interchange.
The plans have been in the pipeline for two years in which time the firm, based in Woodyard Lane, and listing the nearby Nestle plant among its customers, has been involved in lengthy discussions with various parties including the Highways Agency and the Environment Agency.
ATL proposes to add an additional bay to its current warehouse as well as creating a separate building to the west of the site.
The plan has not been without its critics, with the council receiving more than 60 objections to the development since it was announced.
Most of the concerns related to the impact the build would have on the local area, as well as the number of extra cars potential new employees would bring through the local area.
ATL moved to assure residents living nearby that the build would have a minimal impact on them.
A statement on behalf of ATL Ltd said: “The buildings will reflect that appearance and character of those already on the site.
“In particular it is asserted that the boundary to Hay Lane forms a substantial block of woodland previously used as a nursery, which is subject to the Tree Preservation Order that would mitigate the impact of the proposals on dwellings on Hay Lane.”
A report from South Derbyshire District Council’s Planning Committee said: “The applicant reaffirms that the company continues to expand since its move to Foston.
“When the application was submitted it directly employed some 153 people.
“It is contended that the development would create another 140 to 150 jobs.”
Planners at South Derbyshire District Council are recommended to approve the plans at their next meeting on March 26.