Plan to demolish former home of XPO Logistics on Ladysmith Road 'to secure site'
XPO Logistics, Ladysmith Road, Grimsby
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 3 Jul 2017
Plans have been submitted to the council asking for permission to demolish the former XPO Logistics building on Ladysmith Road.
The Land known as Norbert Dentressangle, has remained vacant since the former tenants moved out, and the owner has been unable to acquire a new one due to the age and condition of the facilities.
The site consists of six buildings altogether, including an office block and cold stores, which have been subject to irreparable damage ever since they have been turned off.
It has also been subject to cases of trespass, with a large group of travellers pitching up within the grounds a couple of weeks ago, and now two large concrete blocks are in place to stop any vehicles entering through the gates.
A notice that has been placed on the gates of the building stating the intention to have it demolished
Studies have already been carried out to find out whether there are currently any protected species living on the premises, primarily looking for bats, however only a small number of bird nests were found, and the owner has stated that prior to any construction further checks will be carried out to ensure no animal life is at risk.
The owner of the land is hoping that the demolition will be underway at some point during the summer, however this may be subject to planning approval.
The plans state that the demolition will reduce the building to "slab level" before removing the foundations, and that the site will "be left tidy in appearance and will be secured by way of the existing boundary treatments."
The gates at XPO Logistics have now been blocked with large concrete blocks
In a statement to the North East Lincolnshire Council Planning Authority, owners of the land Lotra Limited, said: "The demolition of the existing buildings at the XPO Logistics site is necessary to secure the safety and long term viability of the site now that is has become vacant.
"The inspection of the buildings by an ecologist has confirmed that demolition of the buildings can be undertaken without any adverse impacts upon protected species."
The XPO Logistics site closed in May of this year, resulting in the loss of 60 jobs in the area.
The company entered consultation with the staff at the Ladysmith Road site in January 2017.
It told the employees the proposal was to pull out of the town, following the loss of a significant contract
XPO provided cold storage, added value processing, repackaging and distribution of frozen food, predominantly vegetables.
For years it was operated by Christian Salvesen, before being taken over by French-listed Norbert Dentressangle in 2007. In 2015, XPO announced a £2.3 billion buy-out of the entire business.