Supermarket giant Tesco has announced plans for an internet food and shopping distribution centre in Oxfordshire that could create as many as 750 new jobs in the area.
The new facility will be located on the site of the former Esso Research Centre at Milton Hill, near Abingdon and will cater for homes within a 45 minute radius.
Among the features will be a warehouse containing a floor area of 11,458 square metres, which will operate 24-hours-a day, along with car parking facilities for up to 500 vehicles.
Existing access to the A4310 is also set to be upgraded.
The plans have been talked about for a number of years, but were unanimously agreed by 11 councillors at the Vale of White Horse District Council planning committee.
The proposals had received outline planning permission already, but it had expired in 2011. The current approval for the development will last for the next five years.
Councillor Roger Cox, cabinet member for planning and deputy council leader, was quoted by Food Manufacture as saying: "It's great news... This will be beneficial as an employment site.
“It’s got good access and of course it’ll be good for the environment because it means people are making fewer trips to the supermarket."
The news comes on the back of figures released by Kantar Worldpanel earlier this year, which suggested that Tesco was the only supermarket to increase its share of the online grocery market over the past year.
The chain saw its market share rise by 2.4 per cent for the first 19 weeks of the year and now takes 50p of every £1 spent on online food shopping.
Tesco is expected to face tougher competition as the year wears on however, due to a deal tying both Morrisons and Ocado together, which was announced back in May.
Easyjet founder Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou has also revealed plans to open a budget easyFoodstore, to challenge the likes of low-cost stores such as Aldi and Lidl.
There is also a suggestion that the venture could feature online shopping, after it registered the domain name easyFoodstore.com.