First part of £96m logistics site moves forward

The Temple Green site in the Leeds Enterprise Zone
The Temple Green site in the Leeds Enterprise Zone
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DEVELOPERS ARE submitting planning applications for the first phase of work at a major logistics site, The Yorkshire Post can exclusively reveal.

Aire Valley Land, a joint venture between Evans Property Group and Keyland Developments, is submitting plans to Leeds City Council for its £96m Temple Green logistics and manufacturing hub.

The 165-acre site, situated at J45 of the M1, is the largest of four development sites located in the Leeds Enterprise Zone, which covers 350 acres and has the potential to deliver some 9,500 jobs by 2025.

The council recently announced £8.57m of government funding from the Enterprise Zone Capital Grant Fund to accelerate remediation and infrastructure works at the four sites. Temple Green is seeking an allocation of £5.1m towards its proposals.

The site already has consent for industrial, advanced manufacturing, storage and distribution space and the applications are for the remediation and infrastructure works on 20 acres of land in phase one and also for consent for the proposed usage of the sites.

The first phase will incorporate Leeds City Council’s 1,000-space park and ride transport interchange together with about 200,000 sq ft of development for which Aire Valley Land is seeking permission for motor dealerships and a petrol filling station to service the park and ride users and nearby occupiers.

Once agreements are in place, the £5.1m government funding, along with an anticipated £4m loan from Leeds City Region LEP’s Growing Places Fund, is set to be allocated towards the initial phase of works which will start before November 2014. The infrastructure works will open up the 25-acre phase two site which can accommodate up to 500,000 sq ft of industrial, advanced manufacturing, storage and distribution space which could generate some 700 jobs.

Phases three and four can deliver a further one million sq ft over two buildings, with future phases comprising 600,000 sq ft taking the total development capability at Temple Green to over two million sq ft.

The total investment commitment by Aire Valley Land for phases one to four is estimated at around £96m.

James Pitt, development director of Evans Property Group, said: “The combination of grant and LEP funding will unlock this prime site, crucially enabling significant infrastructure and servicing works to be brought forward, making the entire scheme deliverable and open for business.

“By preparing the site to be development-ready, we are now in a position to talk to customers about their requirements and start the process of creating a major logistics hub within Leeds.”

Peter Garrett, managing director of Keyland Developments, added: “The site’s ability to accommodate stand-alone buildings of up to half a million square feet will provide an offering that the market desperately needs at a time when confidence is returning.”

Appointed agent on Temple Green is Dove Haigh Phillips.