Harworth Group plc (Harworth), a regenerator of land and property for sustainable development, has announced that it has secured planning permission from Leeds City Council for the development of 800,000ft2 industrial logistics park at its Skelton Grange site in Leeds.
Currently, the 50-acre site sits adjacent to Junction 45 of the M1, to the southeast of Leeds city centre. The site was formerly the location of the Skelton Grange Power Station and was acquired by Harworth in 2014. Soon after, the company began remediation and enabling works.
Some 19.5 acres of land were sold in April 2020 at the site to Enfinium for the development of an Energy from Waste facility, which is currently under construction.
In August 2021, further plans were approved for the development of a 99-megawatt battery storage facility, which would be located on a 5.4-acre parcel on the site.
Under the approved plans, the site will be developed into a logistics park of up to 800,000ft2, which could span across up to five units ranging in size from 126,000ft2 to 202,000ft2.
The units are set to be built to Grade A specification, with Harworth on-site renewable energy sources and high standards of environmental efficiency planned for the site. In addition to infrastructure upgrades, the developer hopes to establish a segregated cycle and pedestrian path to provide a link to the Trans Pennine Trail and Sustrans Route 67. Ecological improvements, including tree and hedge planting, will also be implemented.
“Skelton Grange demonstrates Harworth’s unique skillset in identifying and acquiring complex brownfield sites, devising a master plan that realises their potential and then progressing this through the planning system to unlock value,” said Lynda Shillaw, Chief Executive, Harworth Group.
“This development will meet the growing demand for high-specification and well-connected Grade A industrial space across West Yorkshire, in turn supporting jobs and investment for the region. It will also add to Harworth’s already extensive consented pipeline, which has a gross development value of around £2.4 billion.”