Sherburn2 business park.
Sherburn2 has the capacity to create 2,550 sustainable jobs.
Nick Hill

£105m Yorkshire business park announces 'seismic shift' in development

A £105m Yorkshire business park, which has the capacity to create 2,550 sustainable jobs, is now open for business.

Glentrool Estates Group, the property development company, is transforming a 75-acre site at Junction 42 of the A1(M) Sherburn-in-Elmet into a business and employment park.

The park, called Sherburn2, is located next to the existing Sherburn Park, whose occupiers include Debenhams, Sainsbury, Optare, Eddie Stobart and Kingspan.

A new bridge, linking the site to the B1222 Sherburn-Cawood road, has just been installed.

Jeremy Nolan, director at Glentrool, said: “We are tremendously excited that the new bridge is now finished. Symbolically and practically, it opens up our development. It has been built over the historic Bishopdyke stream, transforming the site from an enclosed field to a high-quality employment park ready for business.

“The bridge itself boasts 50 piles, which are roughly 18 metres deep with 46,000 kg of steel reinforcement, and provides a statement entrance to Sherburn2.

“It measures 15 metres by 25 metres and has been constructed by our main contractors Peter Duffy of Wakefield, who have done a magnificent job. The opening of the bridge is a seismic shift and pivotal point in the development of Sherburn2.”

Mr Nolan added: “Our development, which is now attracting strong interest from potential occupiers, with heads of terms out to a number of companies, will lead to significant inward investment – both during the construction phase over the course of the next few years and for many years to come.

“The infrastructure, which cost a total of £4.5m, is now in place so construction of the logistics and warehousing units, which range from 35,000 sq ft to 575,000 sq ft can begin the moment a deal is signed.”

Nigel Adams, MP for Selby, commented: “This development stands to reaffirm the Selby District is very much open for business and I’m pleased the project has already received significant interest from potential occupiers.

“I am also delighted the project has been made possible by the government’s Growing Places Fund and that it has had the full backing of the District Council throughout. I will look forward to seeing the site up and running in the coming months.”

Councillor Mark Crane, leader of Selby District Council, said: “Sherburn2 is a fantastic opportunity for our district, and businesses locating there will be able to benefit from the things that make our area a great place to do business.

“Situated right in the heart of Yorkshire with easy links to the national road and rail network, with a skilled local workforce, we know this new business space will appeal to range of different business types.”

David Dickson, chair of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership’s Infrastructure Board, which directs investments in key sites and infrastructure to grow the local economy, added: “With the potential to create 2,550 new jobs, we are delighted to see work starting to take place on site.

“The project was kick-started with a loan of £2.95m from the government’s Growing Places Fund, and with its location on our A1(M) and A19 growth corridor, it is very important to our area strategically.

“The site offers businesses quick access to essential routes to the north which we are hoping will be very attractive for our growing manufacturing, warehousing and logistics sector in particular.”

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