Pioneeering North Yorkshire development site now open for business

Dalton New Bridge (DNB), a pioneering 66-acre commercial and industrial development site in North Yorkshire, is now open for business.

The site, strategically located at the heart of the county’s excellent road network, is a proven home for manufacturing, engineering and distribution.

It will be marketed by leading Leeds property consultancy Dove Haigh Phillips (DHP).

Mike Dove, partner with DHP, commented: “This is one of the premier development sites to come to market in Yorkshire this year. It has tremendous potential, with immediate access to the national motorway network, recently improved by multi-million pound highway upgrades. A proven location has just got even better.”

The location is already home to successful engineering, manufacturing and distribution companies with nearby occupiers including Wagg Foods, National Tube Stockholders (NTS), Severfield PLC, GRIEFF, Gargil and The Wetherby Group.

Land is available on a freehold basis with plots on offer from five to 66 acres and buildings up to 400,000 sq ft. Buildings will be tailored to the requirements of individual companies.

Mr Dove explained: “A significant feature of this site is its size, unique in North Yorkshire. Dalton New Bridge can accommodate major projects, which require large-scale buildings, sites and plots appealing to developers and occupiers alike.

“It is just four miles from both Junction 49 of the A1(M), giving immediate north/south access, and the A19. Teesside and Tyneside are located to the north east via the A19, leading to Teesport and Durham Tees Valley Airport. Nearby towns include Thirsk (5 miles), Ripon (8 miles), Boroughbridge (8 miles) York (24 miles) and Leeds (34 miles).

“The entire 66-acre site has been proposed for employment use within the Hambleton Local Plan and Hambleton District Council, together with the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), have been very supportive,” said Mr Dove.

Lindsay Ross, spokesman for the owners of Dalton New Bridge, added: “This is a very exciting development opportunity, which will provide a timely boost to the North Yorkshire economy, creating hundreds of jobs and leading to valuable inward investment. We are now open for business.

“On a personal level, I have worked at Dalton for more than 25 years and know at first-hand what a first-class logistics and distribution location it is. Its immediate access to both the A1 (M) and the A19 is priceless, connecting swiftly to Yorkshire’s excellent motorway network of the M1 and the M62,” he said.

The site has recently been opened up by a significant £4.1m highway redevelopment project, involving a new bridge, replacing its ageing, flood-blighted predecessor.

Designed to cope with periodic flooding, the new bridge provides a more resilient, higher level route to the Dalton Industrial Estate – vastly improving access to the industrial estate.

The project came as a result of the partnership between businesses on the Dalton Industrial Estate, the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership (YNYER LEP), Hambleton District Council, North Yorkshire County Council and the Environment Agency.

Deputy Chief Executive of Hambleton District Council, Mick Jewitt, said that having already safeguarded 126 jobs and creating around 137 more, the redeveloped bridge is now also helping to bring in a string of new investment.

“With almost £20m of private sector funding leveraged, the renewed confidence in the area is opening up significant potential for further new jobs,” he said.

David Kerfoot MBE DL, Chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership said, “This project is testament to the true collaboration between the public and private sector. Our position as an LEP allows us to have a uniquely local focus and prioritise investments that we know will have a significant impact for distinct places on our patch.

“This relatively small investment has had a hugely positive impact for both Hambleton District and Thirsk, ensuring businesses are able to operate and grow from this site and offer sustainable employment to the local community, also enabling further inward investment.