Amazon could be eyeing up new Hull distribution centre

The online retail giant could have its sights set on a large distribution centre near Hull, potentially creating hundreds of new jobs.

Plans have been submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to build a modular warehouse and office accommodation on a site at the Melton West business park off the A63, according to Hull Live.

READ MORE: 240 “serious injuries” reported at Amazon warehouses last year as GMB slams “hellish” conditions

The application has been submitted by Hull-based Wykeland Group, the business park’s owners.

The proposal does not identify a potential end user, but there is speculation Amazon could prepare to move in, if the plans are approved by the council.

Reports by Hull Live claim the size, layout and intended operation at the 8,000 sq ft warehouse all fit the online retailer’s business model.

The proposed lay-out of the 15.8-acre site includes a main warehouse with a total gross floorspace of 8,193 square metres.

There will also be 367 parking spaces for what are described as “light good vehicles and public carrier vehicles” with 20 per cent of the spaces equipped with electric charging points.

A separate 172-space car park will be dedicated for staff.

There is no confirmation yet that any new jobs will be created from the plans, but Amazon warehouses elsewhere in the country employ several hundred people.

The news comes after a report from the GMB union found that Amazon’s UK warehouse staff have reported hundreds of serious injuries or near misses to officials over the past three years.

In 2019 alone 240 reports of serious injuries were sent to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), with only a handful of those reported being near misses according to the workers’ union.

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