Green light for development worth £12.5m to local economy

Plans for a commercial development which could create over 400 jobs have been given consent.

Kirklees Council’s Planning Committee has given the go-ahead for the second phase of Moor Park 25, near Mirfield, close to junction 25 of the M62.

It will allow Caddick Developments to progress with plans to provide industrial and logistics space, and will be delivered as part of the company’s industrial development pipeline – which exceeds 15 million sq ft.

The 15.4-acre site has been earmarked for commercial development for a number of years with the first phase recently completed, and a lease signed, on a new 72,400 sq ft  distribution unit.

Details for phase two include five further industrial buildings, totalling 180,000 sq ft ranging from 19,500 sq ft to 59,000 sq ft. Outline approval for this phase was granted in 2014.

The site has been identified as one of 10 Enterprise Zones within the Leeds City Region area by the West Yorkshire Combined Authority, to help drive economic growth, meaning that a reduction in business rates and business support packages are available.

Major road improvements, including enhancements to a junction from the A62, along with infrastructure work have already taken place with the completion of phase one, totalling a £3m investment.

Myles Hartley, managing director of Caddick Developments, said: “By granting approval for phase two of Moor Park 25, councillors have given the green light for further investment and an estimated £12.5m boost to the local economy.

“Following the successful completion of phase one, there has been strong interest in the remainder of the site and we are very close to signing up two local businesses who want to expand.

“With major road improvement and infrastructure already in place, this is truly an ‘oven ready’ project that can be delivered quickly and we will look to progress phase two as soon as possible.”

It has been estimated that the development will create up to 400 new jobs when complete, along with 85 full time-equivalent jobs during construction.

Rob Oliver of Avison Young Leeds and Mike Haigh of Dove Haigh Phillips act as joint agents for the scheme.