Jobs boost as warehouses get the go-ahead

East Riding of Yorkshire Council has now granted outline planning permission for the entire 305-acre development.

SIX hundred new jobs could be created on an industrial business park after planning permission to build two large warehouses was granted.

Developers Sterling Capital will build two sheds, totalling 900,000 sq ft, at Capitol Park, in Goole, on a pre-let basis.

Overall, it is estimated that, once the park is fully developed, more than 5,000 jobs will be created at the 200m Capitol Park, located at junction 36 of the M62 on the outskirts of Goole.

Owen Holder, of property consultancy Knight Frank, in Leeds, which is marketing the development along with Gent Visick, said: "These two new industrial warehouses will provide unrivalled opportunities in the region for manufacturing, logistics and distribution companies.

"Capitol Park Goole is unique within the region for its communication capabilities. It is a gem of a development and is, without doubt, one of the finest business parks in Yorkshire and Humberside.

"Crucially, since outline planning permission has been granted, the whole site is primed for delivery."

Martin Croxen, the chief executive of Leeds-based Sterling Capitol, said: "We are delighted that the East Riding of Yorkshire Council has approved the application. It is a real vote of confidence for the business future and the economy of Goole.

"Capitol Park Goole has exceeded all the targets and milestones, including jobs, placed on it during phase one of development by the Yorkshire Forward, the Regional Development Agency."

He added: "This consent sends a very strong message to the regional business community that East Riding Council is very serious in supporting business in Goole.

"We now have a 305-acre business park in Goole, close to the M62, which is an ideal operation and distribution base for serving customers across the North of England.

"New companies will be able to share the same benefits currently enjoyed by existing occupiers Tesco, Guardian Glass and Drax Biomass."

As part of the agreement, Sterling Capitol has also been

working with the local community to enhance the 100-acre Oakhill Country Park, a nature haven on the southern boundary of Capitol Park.

A temporary car park will shortly be in place to serve the country park.

The developer must replace 160 protected trees, which will be felled as part of the scheme, with a planting programme including rare species.

The ruling followed a deal between the developers and the Friends of Oakhill, local environmentalists who had originally opposed the felling but relented when Sterling Capitol said that it would plant English oaks and hundreds of other trees near the site, at New Potter Grange.

Mr Croxen said: "We would like to thank Friends of Oakhill whose committee has given up a large amount of time to explaining their vision and strategy for the Oakhill Country Park, which we have been able to incorporate with our own ideas."

East Riding Council leader Stephen Parnaby said that Capitol Park Goole was crucial to the future success of the region's economy.

He added: "The Capitol Park development is vitally important, not just for Goole but the whole of the East Yorkshire and Humber regions."

As an integral part of the development, Sterling Capitol is building a road through the site which will provide a link between the M62, the port of Goole and the town centre.

STERLING CAPITOL

Sterling Capitol was formed in 1992 to set up a series of Capitol Park-branded business parks close to the motorways in Yorkshire.

The three key parks are Sterling Capitol Leeds, Sterling Capitol Barnsley and Sterling Capitol Goole.

These parks have created more than 2,000 jobs so far. Tenants include Tesco, Carcraft, Business Link, Parcelnet, Costain, the Guardian Media Group, Carlsberg-Tetley, Miller Homes and the NHS.

The developer, which has outline permission for the 305-acre Capitol Park in Goole, aims to create more than 5,000 jobs overall once it has been completed.