Matthew Neville

Firethorn receives green light for sustainable Barnsley logistics development

Commercial real estate investor and developer Firethorn Trust has secured planning approval to deliver a 340,000 sq ft logistics scheme in South Yorkshire.

The 24-acre site, Barnsley340, will comprise a Grade-A warehouse unit spanning 320,000 sq ft, in addition to 20,000 sq ft of highly specified office space.

Barnsley Council has now approved Firethorn’s plans for the site, which will sit within the wider ‘Phase 2’ Gateway 36 project; a high quality, mixed-use development, owned by Yorkshire based land and property regenerators, Harworth Group plc.

Paul Martin, development director at Firethorn Trust, commented: “Now that we’ve received the green light, we’re excited to begin construction and swiftly bring our plans for the scheme to life.

“As the market continues to experience pent-up demand for modern logistics space, and the region benefits from ongoing inward investment, we are confident that the Firethorn specification will unlock the full potential of the site, bringing wider economic and employee benefits into the area.”

Constructed to net-zero carbon, Barnsley340 will be delivered to a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating, with renewable design features and sustainability initiatives looking to enhance cost- and energy-efficiency.

Situated in what is recognised as a “highly desirable” area for logistics, distribution and enterprise, Barnsley340 fronts the Dearne Valley Parkway, less than one mile from Junction 36 of the M1. Neighbouring businesses in the adjacent ‘Phase 1’ development of Gateway36 include Esco GB, Talurit, the Environmental Agency and Car Supermarket.

Work on site will begin later this year, with practical completion due in Q2 2023. Enquiries should be directed to the scheme’s agents Gent Visick and Knight Frank.

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