Sale of Ansty Strategic Land Site for £53.5 million

Harworth Group plc, a leading regenerator of land and property for sustainable development and investment, announces that it has conditionally exchanged contracts for the sale of its strategic land site in Ansty, Warwickshire, to SDI Propco (100) Limited (the “Purchaser”), for a consideration of £53.5 million, payable in cash upon completion.

Completion of the transaction is conditional on the granting of hybrid planning permission. Harworth and the Purchaser are working in collaboration to begin the planning process.

The Ansty site extends to 278 acres and is adjacent to Junction 2 of the M6, connecting to the M69. Harworth first acquired land at the site in October 2019 and has been undertaking land assembly works during the past two years. The site had a valuation of £23.9 million as at 30 June 2021 and, owing to its status as strategic land awaiting development, generated no income in the six months to 30 June 2021.

Further progress across the portfolio in the fourth quarter

Elsewhere across its portfolio, Harworth has had an active final quarter of 2021. This includes exchanging on the sale of its Kellingley major development site for £54.0 million, as announced on 9 November, and:

  • the acquisition of a 107-acre strategic land site in Rothwell, Northamptonshire;
  • the sale of land for a 340,000 sq ft industrial & logistics unit at Gateway 36, Barnsley;
  • two land parcel sales at its residential development site in South East Coalville, Leicestershire, together representing 314 housing plots; and
  • a land parcel sale at its residential development site in Moss Nook, Merseyside, representing 258 housing plots.

“Our Ansty site demonstrates Harworth’s unique skills in acquiring and assembling land in locations that are strategic employment hubs within the regions in which we operate. By working with a large strategic occupier, this sale enables us to accelerate delivery of this site. The proceeds will be recycled into progressing development activities across our sites and making acquisitions, such as the Rothwell site that we acquired last month. Together with our strong sales activity across our major development sites in the final quarter of 2021, these transactions underline how we are already delivering on our recently announced strategy to double the size of our business over the next five to seven years.”

Lynda Shillaw, Chief Executive, Harworth Group plc