Proposal to build a massive data center campus in a rural area near Manchester, UK, has received a green light from planning officials after a vote on Thursday.
A planning sub-committee of the Kirklees Council voted to allow developer Stirling Scotfield to build its 345,000 sq ft data center park near Huddersfield that will consist of 12 buildings, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reported.
Huddersfield is located about 30 miles northeast of Manchester.
Stirling Scotfield’s plan for the 18.7-hectare property it bought in 2008 was controversial among the area’s residents. An activist group was formed to protest it.
At issue was the number of jobs the data center campus would create. The developers claimed that the project would bring 150 jobs to the area, but the group, called Lindley Moor Action Group (LMAG), hired an outside firm to find out whether these claims were true.
According to the Examiner, the firm concluded that the data centers would only create a “few security jobs”. The firm’s findings were based on a survey of “senior data center management professionals who work for a range of organizations”, LMAG spokesman told the Examiner earlier this week.