Plans in for starter units at County Durham scheme

Plans in for starter units at County Durham scheme

Plans have been lodged for a development of start-up industrial units as part of the latest phase of a major County Durham scheme.

Merchant Anglo Property Holdings, supported by Lichfields and Ryder Architecture, has submitted an application to Durham County Council for Plot 2 of the Station Place site

Station Place forms part of the wider £90m Merchant Park industrial scheme in Newton Aycliffe.

Planning permission is sought for about 50,000 sq ft of space across two new buildings. The development would be split into ten units ranging from 3,200 sq ft to 8,700 sq ft aimed at start-up businesses.

A total of 35 parking spaces would be provided for staff, deliveries and visitors.

A planning statement submitted as part of the application said: “The proposed development provides an important opportunity to build upon County Durham’s strong manufacturing sector by delivering a modern industrial facility suitable to accommodate new and growing businesses.

“The development will build on the success of Hitachi Rail Europe’s manufacturing facility and will act as a catalyst for further development. This will help contribute to the long-term economic success of the County and the wider North East.”

Planning permission for about 1.4 million sq ft of development as part of the Merchant Park masterplan was previously approved in 2007. Unit 3 has already been built and is occupied by Hitachi Rail Europe.

Durham County Council agreed to a 30 year head-lease at Station Place in September 2019.

Source: Inisder Media North east