The submission by Arlington of the strategically significant site at Reading International Logistics Park marks an important step in the provision of much-needed industrial space for the town.

As more houses are built in new developments around Reading, the need for last mile deliveries and, therefore warehouse space, is in danger of being ignored in the mad rush to create new homes.

Increasingly, the complex way in which we all live with an expectation for just-in-time deliveries is putting enormous strain on our infrastructure.

Many Thames Valley towns, in their desire to hit their Local Plan targets for housing, are forgetting about the need for industrial space to match this demand. Reducing the amount of industrial space available could be a limit on the growth capacity of many towns across the region.  

Developers such as SEGRO and Arlington have had the foresight to see this market demand and are based in the Thames Valley.

However, without the continued provision of new industrial space, these companies will look elsewhere. Now is the time to rethink the industrial offer.

Now is the time for an industrial revolution.

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