A NEW £20 million industrial site has been launched in Poole.

The development, which has not been built but has outline planning consent for up to 172,000 square feet of industrial and warehouse units, will become one of the town's largest employment projects in years.

Called Magna Park, the site is being developed by WH White, and is close to where hundreds of new homes are also planned.

Chris Howell, of Howell Commercial – representing WH White – said: "We have started talking to occupiers looking for modern, energy efficient distribution or production space who want to base themselves in Poole in a new, attractive environment with good access to the A31.

“Magna Park is a key employment site with the flexibility to offer leasehold or freehold buildings within 12-months of securing detailed planning consents.

"We will also consider individual plot sales."

The developers say Magna Park, at 10.7 acres, is the first new employment location to have been released within the Bournemouth/Poole conurbation for many years.

A spokesman for the development said: "The new industrial/distribution space will utilise modern technologies providing electric car charging points, green energy generated through solar panels and recycling of rainwater.

"Despite the impact of the Covid pandemic there continues to be a shortage particularly of larger modern industrial/distribution units in the local area.

"Local businesses have already shown firm interest in the site, with one local company looking to develop around 45,000 square feet on part of the site as a distribution warehouse.

Outline planning consent was granted for the site in April 2018, by the then Borough of Poole.

The site is already serviced and levelled, making it immediately available for development.