Plans submitted for £140m business park at Durham

8th February 2019

Plans for a £140m business park in County Durham have moved forward with the submission of a formal planning application. The development would provide over 1.75 million sq ft of commercial space and create more than 3,000 jobs.

Joint venture company Forrest Park Newton Aycliffe, supported by commercial property developer Richardson Barberry, has applied to Durham County Council for outline planning consent for the expansion of Aycliffe Business Park on the 116-acre Forrest Park site, located on Junction 59 of the A1.

The proposal includes a range of business, industrial and distribution units varying in size from 30,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft, a trade park comprising 11 units from 5,000 sq ft to 10,000 sq ft, and ancillary amenity uses including roadside food offerings, a public house and a restaurant.

There is also the potential to accommodate a rail freight interchange.

Forrest Park, which has already attracted £13m in funding from the local enterprise partnership, could provide a £495m boost to the regional economy over the next decade, while creating an estimated 3,200 jobs.

Ben Holmes, speaking on behalf of the Richardson family, said: “It’s great to see the Forrest Park proposals making real progress and we are delighted to be working alongside both new and existing joint-venture partners to deliver this important development.

“This will be our fourth major project in the region in recent years, having already delivered two phases at Freemans Reach in Durham, and adding to our existing Milburngate project.”

Jonathan Robinson, Barberry Developments director, added: “It has been a pleasure working alongside Forrest Park Newton Aycliffe and we are excited at the prospect of delivering one of the North East’s premier business parks and it’s great that we have reached the stage where the proposals are now with the planners for them to consider.”