Borehamwood could become the home of a huge new data centre.

Plans have been submitted to build a data centre on the site of the former Sainsbury's depot off Elstree Way.

The town is believed to be a favourable location for a scheme of this type due to its proximity to London.

The project is a joint application between Pure Data Centres and Panattoni, which is already building on the site.

A three-storey building is proposed, with access via the northern side of York Crescent.

A total of 94 parking spaces would be provided, according to a planning report.

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Over the last few months, a massive warehouse has been constructed, which will become the new home of UK Power Networks.

Two further industrial units are under construction but these will be demolished if the data centre is given the green light by Hertsmere Borough Council.

A data centre is a facility used to house computer systems and associated components, such as telecommunications and storage systems. Data centres allow businesses to rent secure IT storage and processing space.

New data centres are needed in the UK to accommodate the growing demand from businesses and the new legislation from the General Data Protection Regulation that means since 2018, data must be stored in the country the data belongs to.

Alongside a data centre, generators, and a substation would also be created.

According to a noise assessment published within the planning portal, the noise from the plant and generator would not cause a disturbance to neighbouring properties.

The scheme will be considered by the council's planning committee.

If approved, it would be the second major scheme given the green light in this area of Borehamwood this year.

Close by, Sky has permission to build a television and film studios, in partnership with NBCUniversial, which is set to open in 2022.

Sky Studios Elstree will be built on land between Rowley Lane and the A1.

View the planning application here