Verdion has received Reserved Matter Approval for Phase One of iPort, paving the way for the first 3 million sq ft (278,700 sq m) of development at its £400 million logistics scheme in Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
The planning approval, granted by Doncaster Metropolitan Borough Council includes detailed plans for Units 1, 1A, 2 and 3 along with the scheme’s integrated 35-acre rail freight terminal and infrastructure for Phase One.
John Clements, European Development Director at Verdion, comments: “We are, again, one step closer towards delivering one of the largest logistics schemes in the UK. Together with our funding partners HOOPP and with continued support from Doncaster MBC and other stakeholders, we are pushing forward with this strategic site, located in the UK’s logistics hub.
”£21 million of infrastructure works have already started on site and we are in talks with a number of operators.”
Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, said: “This is another major step forward for iPort which will deliver thousands of new jobs and is one of our many drivers of economic growth. Work on FARRRS, the new link road from the motorway network which serves development, continues to progress well as we build the right foundations for the local and regional economy to expand with swathes of new private sector investment coming into Doncaster.”
iPort is a Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI) which will deliver over 6 million sq ft (570,000 sq m) of Grade A logistics warehousing linked with a high specification rail freight intermodal container facility providing rail freight services with continental gauge clearance to all major UK ports and the Channel Tunnel.
Verdion, with backing from its funding partner the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), is developing the scheme on a 700 acre (283 hectare) site in Rossington, Doncaster. The site is linked with Junction 3 of the M18 via the Finningley and Rossington Regeneration Route Scheme (FARRRS).
Gent Visick, Cushman & Wakefield and CBRE are letting agents for iPort.