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Harworth Group get the go-ahead to develop Skelton Grange logistic park

Leeds City Council has granted approval to the developer Harworth Group to proceed with the construction of an 800,000 sq ft industrial and logistics park at Skelton Grange, located to the southeast of the city. The 50-acre site is adjacent to Junction 45 of the M1 and was formerly the location of the Skelton Grange power station, acquired by Harworth in 2014.

Harworth intends to construct up to five warehouse units, with sizes ranging from 126,000 sq ft to 202,000 sq ft. In addition to infrastructure upgrades, the plans incorporate a segregated cycle and pedestrian path, aiming to connect to the Trans Pennine Trail and Sustrans Route 67, alongside tree and hedge planting.

This recent initiative is part of the broader redevelopment plan for the former power station site. In April 2020, Harworth sold 19.5 acres of land on the site to Enfinium for the development of an Energy from Waste facility, currently in progress. Subsequently, in August 2021, further plans were approved for the establishment of a 99-megawatt battery storage facility on a 5.4-acre parcel within the site.

Lynda Shillaw, CEO of Harworth, commented, “Skelton Grange showcases Harworth’s distinctive expertise in identifying and acquiring complex brownfield sites, formulating a masterplan to realize their potential, and navigating through the planning system to unlock value. This project will contribute to Harworth’s already extensive consented pipeline, with a gross development value of approximately £2.4 billion.”

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