Keyland Developments Ltd, the property trading arm of Kelda Group and sister-company to Yorkshire Water, has submitted two outline planning applications to Kirklees Council to transform former treatment works sites in Bradley and Colne Bridge, West Yorkshire into mixed employment developments totalling 75,000 sq ft of employment space.
Both proposed developments are on sites which lie within the designated Regeneration Area as defined in the Kirklees Urban Development Plan (UDP) and collectively have the potential to generate some 200 new jobs for the area.
Keyland’s plans seek to transform the redundant Colne Bridge Treatment Works site accessed off Colne Bridge Road into some 40,000 sq ft of industrial accommodation over 9 units of varying size from 1,950 sq ft upwards and designed with small to medium businesses in mind. The buildings would be designed to reflect the local architectural landscape and bring back into use a vacant site to benefit the local economy.
The second application unveils plans to redevelop the disused Bradley Treatment Works site, accessed off Station Road in Kirklees, into a self-contained circa 35,000 sq ft industrial park comprising a range of industrial units from 1,250 sq ft upwards, again aimed at small to medium businesses. The site sits within an existing industrial location, between new industrial developments to the South West and North East, with Bradley Junction Industrial Estate to the North.
Having undertaken research into the available employment space within the locality, Keyland’s findings indicate that nearby business parks are operating at full capacity which is limiting the potential for local and regionally based business to expand. The proposed business space at both sites is intended to address the regional shortage of new employment accommodation and ensure that local and regional businesses stay and grow within the area.
Peter Garrett, Managing Director of Keyland Developments Ltd, said; “We are committed to finding viable ways to bring back into use redundant sites across the region and transform them into schemes which will have a positive impact on the local economic landscape. We are aware of the requirement for modern employment space within the Kirklees area of West Yorkshire and as both sites lie within the Regeneration Area outlined in the Kirklees UDP, it seems a natural step to create employment space for the retention and growth of local and regional businesses. Having worked closely with the Council and through our engagement with the local community, we are confident that the proposals for Colne Bridge and Bradley will assist the long-term regeneration aspirations of Kirklees.”
Keyland’s consultants for both proposed developments are KPP Architects and ID Planning.