Plans in to complete £50m business park in Sheffield linked to Amazon

A developer has submitted plans for four more warehouses to complete a £50m business park near Meadowhall that has been linked with Amazon.

Friday, 26th June 2020, 4:03 pm
Updated Friday, 26th June 2020, 4:04 pm

Peel Logistics Property wants to build four ‘distribution units’ on Bessemer Park after the success of the first two buildings.

It has submitted a reserved matters planning application and is so confident it is forging ahead without any occupiers signed up, or ‘pre-let’.

The Star has reported rumours linking Amazon with the site. It is believed the online shopping giant wants a huge ‘fulfilment centre’ within two miles of the city centre. Neither firm will comment.

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Bessemer Park, the red line circles the four proposed buildings.

If permission for the new buildings is granted by Sheffield City Council, PLP hopes the buildings will be ready by the third quarter of next year.

The first two were snapped up before construction was finished in 2019. Medical device company Arthrex took one and hydrogen energy firm ITM Power took the other.

Hugh Chesterton, development director at PLP, said: “PLP Bessemer Park is a prime example of the company’s ambition to create nationally significant logistics parks.

“Following the success of pre-letting the entire first phase before practical completion, PLP looks forward to working with Sheffield City Council to deliver further investment and job creation through the development of phase two.”

PLP Bessemer Park is off Shepcote Lane adjacent to J34 of the M1. Thousands of steelworkers once worked on the 48-acre site before operations ceased, the land was cleared and it was sold by Outokumpu.

PLP says there are six airports within a 90-mile drive and ‘75 per cent of the UK’ within a 4-and-a-half hour lorry drive.

Amazon already employs more than 1,000 at four sites in Doncaster, including a £100m mega-shed.

Rebecca Schofield, partner at Knight Frank added: “It is great to see PLP’s continued confidence in the market. The planning application follows the success of phase one which saw both units let prior to completion.

“The next phase has been designed to provide high quality units which will appeal to both the local and regional market as well as national motorway corridor requirements. We look forward to working on the next phase.”

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