Revamped masterplans for the business park maintain the 1.2m sq ft of offices with existing consent, but give a more flexible building plan for more diverse businesses, and kick-start the next phases of development.
Thorpe Park plans
• 1.2m sq ft of offices
•130,000 sq ft food store
• 177,000 sq ft of hotels and sports facilities
• 33,000 sq ft of cafes, bars, restaurants
• 100,000 sq ft other retail
The project will also bring forward the delivery of Green Park, a 113-acre public park adjacent to Thorpe Park, and Leeds’ first significant new public park in over 100 years.
Proposals for Green Park include sports pitches and leisure facilities, alongside formal landscapes and informal spaces.
So far 600,000 sq ft of office space has been completed under existing planning consents. Tenants include Vinci, BAM, and United Utilities.
Once the application is granted consent, the developer plans to bring forward construction of Manston Land Link Road.
This will provode a new route between Junction 46 of the M1 and the communities north of the Leeds to York railway.
Mark Jackson, managing director of Scarborough Development Group said: “Since development at Thorpe Park started in the mid 1990’s the requirements of business occupiers have evolved significantly.
“Modern companies and their staff now demand more convenience to support their working lives, more amenities and facilities on hand, and greater sustainability especially in how they travel to their place of work.
“We need to meet these new demands with a bright and comprehensive response, particularly given the tough economic conditions
“Our new plans will present a step-change at Thorpe Park with a new offer for established businesses, growing businesses and fledgling business.”