Harworth Group has secured detailed planning consent from Newcastle-under-Lyme Borough Council to commence the delivery of 1.2 million ft² of industrial & logistics space at its site in Chatterley Valley, Staffordshire. The 106-acre Chatterley Valley site is adjacent to the A500, in close proximity to Junction 16 of the M6. It forms part of the wider Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, which was established in 2016 to drive economic growth in Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire, and reinforce the area’s reputation as a centre of manufacturing excellence.
Once completed, the development is expected to support 1,700 jobs, providing a significant boost to economic activity, skills and job density in the local area, which is amongst the UK’s 10 fastest growing economies outside of London. All buildings are to be developed to a high environmental specification, meeting a minimum of BREEAM Very Good standard and EPC Rating A, while maximising opportunities for the buildings to be Net Zero Carbon in operation.
This consent will allow for the formation of development platforms, and the provision of an access road, accompanying infrastructure and ecological enhancements, which will unlock the first phase of development. Harworth expects to start construction on site later this year, with the first units available to the market by the end of 2023.
Andrew Blackshaw, Chief Operating Officer at Harworth, commented: “Increasing our direct development and building a Grade A Investment Portfolio are key tenets of Harworth’s growth strategy. The Chatterley Valley site is a great example of how we will achieve these, delivering high specification, future-proofed industrial & logistics space in a highly sought-after area.”
Steven Knowles, Regional Director for the North West at Harworth, added: “Our Chatterley Valley development, located in the heart of the Ceramic Valley Enterprise Zone, will meet growing occupier demand in Staffordshire, supporting new jobs and investment in the area. We look forward to working with local stakeholders to progress this exciting new development.”