Harworth Group plc, a renowned land and property regeneration company for sustainable development and investment, is delighted to announce the obtaining of planning approval from Leeds City Council for the creation of 800,000 sq.ft of industrial and logistics space at its Skelton Grange site in Leeds.
The Skelton Grange site, spread across 50 acres, is positioned adjacent to Junction 45 of the M1 and lies south-east of Leeds city centre. Harworth Group purchased this site in 2014, and remediation and enabling works for the site commenced soon after, considering its previous function as the Skelton Grange Power Station.
In April 2020, Harworth sold 19.5 acres of land at the same site to Enfinium for the development of an Energy from Waste facility, which is currently under construction. Further developments were endorsed in August 2021 for the establishment of a 99-megawatt battery storage facility on an area of 5.4 acres of land at the site.
According to the approved plans, the site will be transformed to accommodate industrial and logistics space across a maximum of five units, and ranging in size from 126,000 sq.ft to 202,000 sq.ft, all planned with Grade A specifications. The development process will incorporate on-site renewable energy solutions and the highest environmental efficiency standards. The plans also include associated infrastructure improvements, segregated cycle and pedestrian paths that align with the Trans Pennine Trail and Sustrans Route 67, as well as nature conservation enhancements, including tree and hedge planting.
Lynda Shillaw, the CEO of Harworth, expressed her views on this achievement stating, “Skelton Grange demonstrates Harworth’s unique expertise in identifying and acquiring complex brownfield sites, creating a masterplan to unlock their potential, and ultimately progressing this through the development pipeline, adding value to the site.”
“This new development will provide the much-needed high-specification and well-connected Grade A industrial space to serve West Yorkshire’s rising demand, promoting job opportunities, and driving regional investments. Moreover, it will expand Harworth’s already extensive pipeline of accredited projects with an estimated gross development value of around £2.4 bn.”
In conclusion, this will undoubtedly boost economic growth and development in the region and support the Government’s commitment to reducing carbon emissions by achieving net-zero by 2050.