Harworth Submits Planning Application for Major Rail-Connected Development

Harworth Group plc, the leading land regeneration and property investment specialist, has submitted an outline planning application to Selby District Council to transform its Gascoigne Wood site in Sherburn-in-Elmet, North Yorkshire, into a major rail-connected hub servicing the North of England that will deliver 2m sq. ft of employment space and up to 2,000 new jobs.

The 276-acre site, formerly the Gascoigne Wood Colliery at the heart of the Selby coalfield complex in North Yorkshire, includes the existing 124-acre Sherburn Rail Freight Terminal, which is home to occupiers including Siniat and British Gypsum, alongside agricultural land to the North. The whole site benefits from an existing rail connection that can accept trains of up to 450m in length and is W10 gauge ready to link to industrial and distribution centres throughout the UK, as well as being close to both the A1(M) and the M62. Harworth’s application uses the existing rail connection as the site’s central asset and proposes up to 2 million sq. ft of Class B2 (General Industry) and B8 (Storage and Distribution) space, ready for a range of rail-connected uses that could deliver up to 2,000 new jobs.

Gascoigne Wood has been identified by Selby District Council as one of five key sites within its Economic Growth Framework to deliver higher-value employment uses across the district and as a result, Harworth has signed a Planning Performance Agreement with the Council to ensure its swift consideration. In preparation for this, Harworth undertook significant due diligence prior to the submission of the application, including detailed planning work on issues including highways and access, topography and drainage, ecology and coal legacy.

Tim Love, Director of Strategic Land at Harworth, commented:

“The site represents a great opportunity for Selby to leverage its unique locational advantages to create thousands of new rail-connected jobs. We have spent a number of months working closely with Selby District Council, North Yorkshire County Council, technical advisors and key commercial agents to formulate a realistic plan to fully account for the constraints and opportunities the site offers, and we look forward to the application being considered as soon as possible.”

The Leader of Selby District Council, Cllr Mark Crane, added:

“Gascoigne has the potential to be a really significant new investment site for the whole of Yorkshire – as it’s a major site with direct rail connections and easy road access too. This is one of five large developments planned for our area which we’ve been supporting because of their potential to deliver significant new job opportunities and business investment. We benefit from being right at the heart of Yorkshire, and we’re the fastest-growing part of North Yorkshire – it’s really important that the council can build on this to make the most of these new opportunities for people living and working in the area.