Plans for an extension to Capitol Park Barnsley, which will provide nearly 190,000 sq ft of warehouse space and create 400 new jobs, have been approved by Barnsley Council.
Leading Yorkshire commercial property developers Sterling Capitol had submitted a hybrid planning application to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council earlier this year for further development at Capitol Park.
Outline planning permission has now been given for the demolition of the existing bungalow at Higham Lane and construction of two warehouse units of 84,000 sq ft and 105,000 sq ft suitable for general industrial or storage and distribution uses as well as full planning consent for access and initial ground works.
Paul Beckett, Head of Development at Sterling Capitol, commented: “This is tremendous news, with an overwhelming majority of councillors in favour of bringing forward further development in this location. We are very grateful to the council for their support for this extension to Capitol Park, which will create 400 new and sustainable jobs.
“Capitol Park Barnsley is one of the jewels in our crown. The park is now recognised as a first-class location for business with blue chip occupiers and their businesses having a very significant impact on the local economy, contributing to a very prosperous future for Barnsley.
“We believe that there will be strong demand for these new units, given the proximity to Junction 37 of the M1 and the proven location of Capitol Park, Barnsley. South Yorkshire is now a favoured region for distribution and logistics, which gives us confidence that this extension to Capitol Park will be a great success,” he added.
Sterling Capitol were supported in this application by planning specialists Peacock and Smith and The Harris Partnership.
The Yorkshire offices of global property consultancy Knight Frank have been appointed to market the scheme.
Iain McPhail, partner and head of Knight Frank’s Leeds Industrial team adds, “The units will benefit from a fantastic specification and can offer an opportunity for occupiers to create a bespoke commercial premises to suit their own exact requirements. There remains a good level of demand in the area and the planning consent has come at an opportune time to capitalise on current market conditions.”
Capitol Park Barnsley has enjoyed a successful period of activity recently with high profile transactions involving Gem Imports, Solar Frame and Conrad Energy as well as the brand new 75,000 sq ft NHS Blood and Transplant facility which was completed earlier this year.