Leading planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore has secured planning permission on behalf of Howard (Retford) Limited for a major new business park. Thousands of new jobs are expected to be created on land to the south of Harworth and Bircotes, as Bassetlaw Councillors voted in favour of the business park at a planning committee last night.
The Harworth South scheme involves 200 acres of land to the south of the former Harworth colliery on land between Blyth Road and Bawtry Road. Funded by local developer Howard (Retford) Limited, the £200m project comprises some 2.5 million square feet of business units. It is expected to create some 3,500 new jobs on site and provide a £600m boost to the local economy, plus over 1,700 construction jobs. It is one of the largest economic development projects in the North.
A new road will link Bawtry Road and Blyth Road, and the project will provide starter units for small local businesses wishing to expand, as well as a range of larger space buildings for regional and national occupiers. The employment park will be complemented by other facilities including areas of natural green space and a gateway hub with a shop, café, crèche, public house and hotel which will be a focal point for the scheme.
The Harworth South business park project is receiving agency advice from Paul White of Brown & Co. Site marketing will focus on land sales and individual building designs, creating opportunities for all occupiers. Barton Willmore provided town planning, masterplanning, landscape and EIA services.
Dan Mitchell, Partner at Barton Willmore, commented: “Harworth and Bircotes is a growth location and we are pleased that the Council has supported these ambitious plans. This project represents a real opportunity for the A1(M) corridor to capture some of the lost economic development to the M1 and demonstrates that Bassetlaw and this part of North Nottinghamshire is open for business. We look forward to working with the Council as the detailed phases are advanced, bringing new occupiers to the area.”
Max Howard, Director at Howard (Retford) Limited, said: “We have evolved our proposals by working closely with Bassetlaw District Council and Harworth Town Council. The scheme will provide much-needed new jobs. We have already commenced discussions with occupiers and their key requirement is to have a site with permission that is oven ready to go. We look forward now to advancing the scheme and supporting the region's economic growth.”
Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council, said: “This is a significant step towards realising one of the biggest regeneration and employment projects that Bassetlaw has seen. The Council’s Regeneration and Investment Team has worked closely with Howard (Retford) Limited and Barton Wilmore to bring this project to the first stages of the planning process and help to secure what will be a major employment site for local people.”
“We look forward to seeing thousands of jobs created and local people enjoying the economic benefits that investment from regional, national and international businesses will bring. We also hope that this will serve to be a catalyst for regeneration in the district and show the business world that Bassetlaw has the ambition and the resources to be a place where companies of all sizes can prosper.”
Work will begin on the site in 2017. The scheme website is www.harworthsouth.co.uk
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