North Yorkshire industrial site receives £900,000 funding to expand

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PLANS for a new industrial and distribution park have moved forward after the Government granted £900,000 of funding to kickstart the scheme.

The money for the development, known as the A1M 50, came from the Government’s Growing Places scheme through York, North Yorkshire and East Ridings Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

The industrial park, which is owned by Potter Logistics, will comprise 183,000 sq ft of industrial space. It will be built on a 10-acre extension to the existing 42-acre Melmerby Industrial Estate in Ripon, less than a mile from junction 50 of the A1M.

Funding will be used to open up the development by constructing the site access roads, demolishing existing buildings, and further upgrading existing power/utility supplies.

Barry Dodd CBE, LEP chairman, said: “The business park’s expansion will allow businesses to grow into or start up within new industrial space and provide up to 300 new jobs. Ultimately, it will help to ensure that North Yorkshire has the capacity to support the growing demands of its businesses.“