Gazeley is crossing fingers that it will get the go ahead for its proposed rail connected scheme at G.Park Ashby de la Zouche scheme in Leicestershire, which it is bringing forward with partner Harworth Estates, the property arm of UK COAL.
Planning is currently being sought for the 86-acre former Lounge Disposal Point where the developer hopes to be able to offer units up to 850,000 sq ft. Knight Frank and Atisreal are advising.
Eddie Peat of Harworth Estates says: “There is a major need for additional distribution facilities across the East Midlands. The proximity to the existing rail freight track makes this in an ideal location for our development. The focus on rail transport will have a positive impact as it will reduce the need to transfer goods by road, which will not only lighten congestion but also significantly reduce environmental impact.”
Demonstrating a commitment to sustainability, the proposed development will also include a number of eco-effective measures such as rain water harvesting and recycling, energy efficient lighting, low water use appliances, photovoltaic panels and FSC approved timber, all provided as standard fit out by Gazeley.
The proposals accord with the call by the East Midlands Regional Development Agency for a substantial increase in the number of new rail served distribution buildings.