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800m data centre gains momentum

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An outline planning application for the centre is to be lodged

An outline planning application is set to be submitted for an £800m data storage centre in southern Scotland.

Lockerbie Data Centres (LDC) said the plans could create 1,000 jobs and turn the Dumfriesshire town into a leading centre for information technology.

It is one of two such bids in the area, with Internet Villages International (IVI) targeting a nearby site.

David King, of LDC, said the location had been a key factor when drawing up its plans for Peelhouses Farm.

"Businesses will be interested in locating and taking advantage of the same communications network that we are putting in for the data centre," he said.

"If you look at Lockerbie in the context of the UK we are nearly slap-bang in the middle, north to south.

"We have got excellent motorway and rail links to the rest of the country."

'Instant access'

He said that factor meant there were distinct advantages in selecting the south of Scotland.

"Most importantly, as far as the data is concerned, we have got four of the trunk fibre-optic cables running up right past the site within 1.5km," he explained

"That gives us instant access to all the information we need."

The IVI bid is located within a few miles of the LDC application site.

It has claimed its £600m proposals could create about 500 jobs in the area.

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