Masterplan For Manywells Industrial Estate Launched
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
A second series of public exhibitions will be held in April to unveil the emerging draft masterplan for the regeneration of Manywells Industrial Estate in Cullingworth.
Regeneration company, Commercial Estates Group (CEG), held initial public consultation events in November 2008 in a bid to seek local residents' and stakeholders' views on the regeneration of this run-down industrial site.
CEG aims to invest in the site in order to deliver a comprehensive redevelopment scheme comprising new high quality commercial space with some new homes and open access to the woodland and nature areas on the site.
The initial exhibition was attended by 40 local people. On the questionnaires submitted at the event, attendees confirmed:
- - Everyone wanted to see the site redeveloped
- - People would prefer to see light industrial uses on the site to reduce heavy goods vehicles using the village streets
- - The majority would prefer to see detached or semi-detached houses on the site, but did not want to see apartments or town houses
- - There were mixed views regarding affordable housing
- - Residents were generally happy with a nursing home on the site
- - All were happy with the green space proposed on the site allowing for woodland and nature walks
- - Some residents were keen to see the investment and felt it was long overdue.
Although concerns were raised about the adjacent tip site, a comprehensive ground investigation has revealed that none of the areas proposed for development are affected by potential landfill contamination issues.
Currently, the industrial estate is part occupied by a range of small industrial businesses and employs in the region of 65 people. The majority of the buildings on the site are old, in a very poor condition and are too expensive to repair.
CEG is therefore seeking to invest in the site, retaining businesses that want to stay and attracting new businesses by providing high quality, flexible new buildings that meet modern industrial requirements.
To underpin this investment, some new housing will be required including first time buyer, family and affordable homes. CEG is keen to ensure that the new development is sympathetic and in keeping with the character of the village. CEG also intends to retain and enhance over six hectares of woodland, complete with footpaths and trails for local community use.
Steve McBurney from CEG explains: "We have reflected comments from local residents in our draft masterplan which we will display at the latest set of exhibitions.
"This draft masterplan will then be amended and form part of an outline planning application. The main aim of the masterplan at this stage is to provide an indication of the type and quantum of the new commercial and housing developments and open space areas and their broad location on the site. Further public consultation will take place at the detailed planning application stage to discuss the precise details of building design, materials and siting and landscaping.
"We will use the feedback provided by local residents to inform the outline planning application which will be submitted in early summer 2009."
The exhibition will be held on:
- - Thursday 2nd April 2009, 5 - 7pm at Cullingworth Methodist Church, Dellside Fold
- - Saturday 4th April, 11am - 1pm at Cullingworth Village Hall, Station Road
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Note to Editors
Commercial Estates Group was established in 1989 and is broadly skilled with offices in London, Harrogate and Carlyon Bay, Cornwall. The company previously operated as Commercial Estates Management Limited (CEM).
Commercial Estates Group utilises its management, investment, development and financial skills to add value to property assets throughout the UK. It is owned entirely by the Directors.