Riverdale Park - April 2016

Harworth Acquires Major Regeneration Site in Doncaster

Harworth Estates has acquired a 112-acre site in Doncaster for a major mixed-use development.

The Wheatley Hall Road site, which is situated close to Doncaster town centre, consists of 77 acres of land which was previously occupied by McCormick Tractors until 2009. The remaining land provides 193,670 sq ft of industrial and storage space.

The site, which Harworth acquired out of receivership for £8.5 million, benefits from a planning permission for 800 new homes, 200,000 sq ft of industrial space and a variety of other uses, including a care home, retail and a retirement village. Harworth intends to refresh the masterplan for the site and to promote a major mixed-use development.

It is Harworth’s fourth acquisition over the past 12 months, following the purchases of the 162-acre former Skelton Grange power station in Leeds, the 320-acre former aluminium smelter in Lynemouth, Northumberland, and Sinfin Lane Industrial Estate in Derby.

The acquisition adds to Harworth’s significant landbank in Doncaster. The company is currently delivering the first phase of 1,200 new homes at its Torne Park development at the former Rossington Colliery. It also received planning consent in August for the development of up to 375 new homes on the former Yorkshire Main site near Edlington. In addition, two new 5MW solar farms are now in operation in Doncaster at the former Askern and Thorne collieries.

Owen Michaelson, Chief Executive of Harworth Estates, said:  “This is an exciting acquisition for Harworth in an area we know extremely well.  It is well connected close to Doncaster town centre and sits adjacent to the River Don, underpinning its potential as a high-quality, mixed-use development site.  We look forward to working closely with Doncaster Council on this development, as we have done on our other sites in the Borough.

“Our specialist development team will use its significant experience in developing large-scale brownfield sites to bring new homes and employment space to Doncaster, reinforcing our track record of delivering long-term regeneration across Yorkshire and the north of England”.