Plans revealed for logistics hub in Leeds which could create 500 jobs

UP to 500 jobs could be created at a proposed logistics hub in Yorkshire.

Monday, 16th November 2020, 9:19 am
Updated Monday, 16th November 2020, 9:22 am
An artist's impression of the proposed development.

The property developer, Caddick Developments, has brought forward plans to deliver a new logistics and industrial hub at Leeds Valley Park.

A spokesman said: "The proposals would result in a significant employment boost to the area, totalling between 400 and 500 jobs once completed, and establish the site as Leeds’ premium ‘mid-box’ logistics scheme.

"Situated between Junction 44 of the M1 and Junction 7 of the M621, Leeds Valley Park is an ideal location for accessing regional and national road networks. The site sits within 15 minutes’ drive from Leeds city centre, making it a prime location to attract local, regional, and national businesses."

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The plans include the construction of six light-industrial ‘mid-box’ units of varying sizes and styles.

The 20-acre site, which is owned by Caddick Developments, will provide 306,000sq ft of floor space.

The spokesman said: "This application makes a significant contribution to meeting the strong level of demand within the logistics and industrial market for developments of this quality and type and will be a welcome boost for the local economy."

Jim Dyson, Director at Caddick Developments, said: “With over 40 years of experience in delivering developments such as this, we are confident that Leeds Valley Park is the perfect location for a new logistics hub and will quickly become Leeds’ leading ‘mid-box’ logistics location.

“The proposal comes at an exciting time for the sector, and with its perfect location and high-quality design, the development is set to attract businesses from across the region and the nation and in turn provide a welcome boost to local employment.

“Covid and the linked restrictions have highlighted the importance of a resilient supply-chain and online retailers and traders in particular have seen the need to adapt to a changing landscape.

"The transport connectivity of this site in particular, will make it an attractive proposition for a range of end-users, including those already in the area who are looking to expand.”

If the scheme gains planning approval, Leeds Valley Park would join a growing number of logistics developments delivered by Caddick, including Wakefield 515, Crosspoint 33, and Moor Park.

The spokesman added: " In addition to long-term jobs created once completed, the proposals would also create a significant number of roles in the short to medium term, during the construction phase."

Caddick Developments forms part of the Yorkshire-headquartered Caddick Group, and has a current pipeline of work with a GDV (Gross Development Value) of more than £5 billion, with a focus on residential and industrial developments.