Property Developer puts forward plans for Business Park near Designer Outlet in York | Investors Forum YorkInvestors Forum York

Consultations are underway for recent plans proposed by Oakgate Group to develop a new business park on the outskirts of York near the Designer Outlet, which they propose could deliver 2000 jobs to the city.

If approved the development will include new business offices, restuarants, childcare facilities and a gymnasium. The exact location of the site would be St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford on the south side of the retail complex to ensure a 35 acre green corridor.

Well known developer from Wetherby will be undertaking the project, Oakgate Group. Other local projects they have been involved with include the Vanguard Shopping Park and Stonebow House in York.

Oakgate are keen to obtain as much feedback as possible from the community and has held 2 consultation meetings to answer questions and encourage comments on the existing proposal – which can also be given through their website here:

City of York Council chiefs have confirmed that the 79 acre site is not designated for employment use and so government inspectors are also highly involved with reviewing the plan. Comparing this to the 60 acre Designer Outlet site, this gives some indication of the scale of the project.

The consultation meetings took place in October and November to showcase the proposal and gather feedback, with the most concerns being raised about the impact the site will have on traffic. Further information can be found on their website:

Managing Director of Oakgate Group, Richard France said: “We know many businesses are forced to move out of the area because there is not the choice or flexibility of space available currently, or in the emerging Local Plan. We think our proposals will complement the city centre and York Central plans, offering more immediate choices to businesses.”

“This development could be delivered quickly and its sustainable credentials give us confidence it will attract investment and high value jobs into the city, something that the council’s economic strategy is based upon.”

Alongside the proposal for development, road improvements have been discussed as well as the park and ride facilities. Whilst it has been highlighted by Cllr Keith Aspden, of Fulford and Heslington Ward that the site proposed remains green belt and is not included for development in the Local Plan, with other employment sites having been identified across the city.

Residents, particularly in the surrounding area, are being urged to provide feedback.

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