DIRFT Prologis

Prologis has secured planning consent for a 535,000sq ft speculative building at its Prologis RFI DIRFT development near Crick in Northamptonshire.

The consent was gained by working closely with Daventry district council and providing a high level of detail within the initial submission and consultation so that a quick decision could be made.

Phil Oakley, market officer in the Prologis leasing and development team, said that, as well as the speculative unit, this approach could be used for occupiers seeking purpose-built facilities. “We have now reduced the time taken to bring forward a bespoke building from a typical 13 weeks for planning approval to just eight weeks,” he explained.

RFI DIRFT is subject to a development consent order, a special type of consent intended to streamline the planning process for major infrastructure projects. This covers up to 7.8 million sq ft of further development at DIRFT and a new rail freight interchange.