Plan to trans­form wa­ter works sites

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For­mer wa­ter treat­ment works are to be turned into new in­dus­trial sites with the po­ten­tial to cre­ate 200 jobs after coun­cil­lors ap­proved plans.

York­shire Wa­ter’s sis­ter com­pany Key­land De­vel­op­ments has se­cured plan­ning per­mis­sion to cre­ate 75,000 sq ft of space in Hud­der­s­field.

FOR­MER WA­TER treat­ment works are to be turned into new in­dus­trial sites with the po­ten­tial to cre­ate 200 jobs after coun­cil­lors ap­proved plans.

York­shire Wa­ter’s sis­ter com­pany Key­land De­vel­op­ments has se­cured plan­ning per­mis­sion to cre­ate 75,000 sq ft of space over two sites in Hud­der­s­field.

Plans ap­proved by Kirklees Coun­cil will see the sites in Colne Bridge and Bradley trans­formed into two em­ploy­ment parks to ad­dress the lo­cal short­age of new space for small and medi­um­sized busi­nesses in the area.

It’s part of Key­land’s strat­egy to bring York­shire Wa­ter’s dis­used sites back into use to boost the re­gion’s econ­omy.

The firm, which is the prop­erty trad­ing arm of Kelda Group, will now put the sites on the market to po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ers.

Key­land said the types of com­mer­cial ac­tiv­ity on the sites will be dic­tated by the market.

The re­dun­dant Colne Bridge Treat­ment Works site, which is ac­cessed off Colne Bridge Road, can now be trans­formed into some 40,000 sq ft of in­dus­trial ac­com­mo­da­tion over nine units of vary­ing size from 1,950 sq ft up­wards.

The dis­used Bradley Treat­ment Works site, ac­cessed off Sta­tion Road, has con­sent to be re­de­vel­oped into a self-con­tained circa 35,000 sq ft in­dus­trial park com­pris­ing a range of units from 1,250 sq ft up­wards.

The site sits within an ex­ist­ing in­dus­trial lo­ca­tion, be­tween new in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ments to the south west and north east, with Bradley Junction In­dus­trial Es­tate to the north.

The plans for both sites have been de­signed with small to medium busi­nesses in mind fol­low­ing Key­land’s find­ings that lo­cal busi­ness parks are op­er­at­ing at full ca­pac­ity.

The types of busi­nesses re­quir­ing sim­i­lar sized ac­com­mo­da­tion would be able to se­cure this at ei­ther Colne Bridge or Bradley with­out hav­ing to look fur­ther afield, Key­land said.

Luke Axe, plan­ning man­ager at Key­land De­vel­op­ments, added: “We worked closely with the coun­cil and lo­cal stake­hold­ers in or­der to de­vise two well con­sid­ered schemes to bring re­dun­dant sites back into use for the ben­e­fit of the Kirklees econ­omy.

“The de­liv­ery of 75,000 sq ft of new em­ploy­ment space would pro­vide a huge boost to the area and bring about around 200 jobs which is a fan­tas­tic re­sult for Kirklees.

“We will now be pre­par­ing to bring the sites to market in or­der for their full po­ten­tial to be re­alised.” Both pro­posed de­vel­op­ments are on sites which lie within the re­gen­er­a­tion area de­fined in the Kirklees Ur­ban Devel­op­ment Plan (UDP)

Key­land’s plan­ning con­sul­tants were Alis­tair Flat­man Plan­ning for Colne Bridge and ID Plan­ning for Bradley.

Key­land has been op­er­at­ing across York­shire for more than 20 years, re­gen­er­at­ing York­shire Wa­ter’s re­dun­dant sites.

The team also works along­side in­de­pen­dent landown­ers, cor­po­rates or reg­u­lated bod­ies to over­come ob­sta­cles to devel­op­ment on strate­gic sites.

Its busi­ness model fo­cuses on the start of the devel­op­ment cy­cle, gain­ing plan­ning per­mis­sion and over­com­ing ob­sta­cles such as le­gal is­sues, ac­cess and ground con­di­tions, be­fore sell­ing sites to de­vel­op­ers.

The de­liv­ery of new space would pro­vide a huge boost.

Luke Axe, plan­ning man­ager at Key­land De­vel­op­ments

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