Gladman Developments has won planning permission for a £20 million, 317,859 sq ft industrial and distribution scheme at Wentworth Distribution Park, Tankersley, South Yorkshire, less than one mile from Junction 36 of the M1 motorway.
Gladman believes the scheme will help create some 300 new jobs for local people in sustainable employment in and around Barnsley, the nearest major town, some five miles to the north of the development site.
Gladman Developments is offering pre-sales and pre-lets on four detached industrial units, ranging in size from 50,000 sq ft to 100,000 sq ft.
According to Tim Matthews of Gladman Developments, there is a strong demand for such units. He says: “As a result of the trend to build bigger, there is an absence of this size of industrial units in South Yorkshire, and a demand in the market for occupiers looking for up to 100,000 sq ft of space.
“Given its excellent location, within reach of the majority of the UK’s population in one day’s drive, less than one mile from the M1, and on an existing distribution site, we expect serious interest from potential occupiers. The demographics of the surrounding area are also excellent. As a former mining area, the available labour force is used to working a three-shift pattern, and wage rates are competitive.”
With planning permission secured, ground preparation works have already begun on the 25-acre site. Services are already available, so buildings can be ready for occupation less than six months after a sale or let is agreed. “This site is as oven-ready to start development as is possible,” said Matthews.
Eaves heights of the units will range from 11m to 15m, with bespoke floors up to 65kN per sq m, and multi-dock levellers, all constructed to occupiers’ requirements. Letting agents are Colliers CRE and M3.