Matthew Neville

Sustainable Harrogate business park given green light for expansion

Potter Space, which owns and operates five business parks across England, has released details of its plans to create two new industrial buildings at its Ripon site, after receiving approval from planners.

In the latest phase of development at the business park in Melmerby, which is located close to the A1M, Harrogate and York, two new buildings will provide three units, 54, 55A and 55B, totalling an additional 70,000 sq ft of space. Joint acting agents for the new units are Fox Lloyd Jones and Gent Visick.

Unit 54 will provide 20,000 sq ft of space on a 1.41 acre plot. The larger neighbouring units 55A and 55B will each offer 25,000 sq ft, on plots of 1.47 and 1.48 acres respectively. Due to be ready from Autumn 2023, the new units are designed to a high specification that is consistent with the existing premises.

The buildings will incorporate solar panels, EV charging points and cycle stores as standard, all of which will help customers achieve their ESG goals and optimise the welfare of their workforce.

Having received environmental awards for its first carbon neutral unit at Ripon, Potter Space continues its commitment to creating buildings to a “highly sustainable standard” with the three new units. It is part of the company’s aim to prioritise sustainability, biodiversity, health and wellbeing across all five of its business parks.

Jason Rockett, managing director at Potter Space, said: “We’re pleased to be able to bring our latest investment plans to fruition at our Ripon business park and create more high-quality warehousing and industrial space to meet demand.

Nick Salkeld, director at Fox Lloyd Jones, added: “We have continued to experience sustained demand for prime industrial and warehouse space across North Yorkshire. Existing stock is in short supply resulting in many schemes experiencing high pre-let or pre-sale interest as demonstrated by the recent deals on Unit 24 and Unit 53.

“The grant of planning permission to expand the Ripon estate is terrific news and we’re delighted to be working in partnership with Gent Visick to manage enquiries from businesses seeking sustainable buildings on a well-managed, secure and a highly accessible site.”

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