Cumbria to cash in on 12,000 job data hub - update

Cumbria will reap the benefits if an £800 million global data hub in southern Scotland gets the go-ahead, developers say. It is hoped that a planned business park and computer data storage facility near Lockerbie would attract companies offering up to 12,000 jobs and bring in more than £2 billion of investment. As part of a proposal by Lockerbie Data Centres, a 750-home village would also be built.

It is understood that the Peelhouse Data Centre and Sustainable Village is one of two proposals for the M74 valley, with another company Internet Villages International also proposing to build a global centre on the site. The principal element of the development is a 250,000 sq m data storage facility to address a world-wide shortage of data storage capacity. Neither company has submitted formal planning applications to Dumfries and Galloway Council yet but both plans would sit on the edge of the town, by a biomass power station.

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