FOR SALE - LAND DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITY - 51 ACRES
The site comprises approximately 51 acres (20.63 hectares) and is bounded by Common Lane and Blackburn Lane to the west, an operational railway line to the south, the Knottingley and Goole Canal to the north and Southmoor Lane to the east. The site is made up of two main areas which are the former chemical works (7.5 hectares approximately) and the greenfield area to the east and south (13.96 hectares approximately). The site is fairly level with a maximum fall of approximately 1 metre across the site, the highest point on the former chemical works. The Aire and Calder Navigation flows along the northern boundary of the wider site. To the east of the property is agricultural land and running along the southern boundary of the property and the wider site is a railway line. The land to the west of the subject property and comprising the western section of the wider site (where residential development is proposed) currently comprises agricultural/ grazing land, and beyond is a residential area.
Interested parties wishing to view the site are asked to provide prior notification to Sole Selling Agents Savills before viewing.
The property is located on the eastern outskirts of Knottingley town centre, to the south of the A645 Weeland Road. Access to the subject property is from Common Lane which runs through the wider site and connects with Weeland Road approximately 450 metres to the west of the subject property. Knottingley is a town within the metropolitan borough of the city of Wakefield in the county of West Yorkshire. The town is located to the north of the M62 motorway and to the east of the A162, which comprises the former A1 trunk road. Access to the national motorway network is available at Junction 33 of the M62 (via the A162) - 6 mins 3 miles, a short distance to the south west of the town. The M62/A1M intersection is located approximately 1 mile to the north west of Junction 33. Further access is available via J34 of the M62 via Weeland Road approximately 4.5 miles to the east 7 mins.
An information pack is available on receipt of an Expression of Interest which includes the following: • Title information • Topographical survey • Drainage and flood risk assessment • Highways report • Utility plans • Representations on the draft local plan Geotechnical reports and validation.
Adopted Policy SPA 8 and draft Policy LP177 envisaged mixed use regeneration including the delivery of the power station. However, in response to representations on draft Policy LP177 submitted in December 2020, the council has recommended a number of amendments to the wording of the policy. These amendments are referred to in the ‘Schedule of Changes’ document which was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate alongside the draft plan in May 2021. In summary these amendments acknowledge: • The power station is not viable • This area is available for alternative development • The site will be developed for housing and/or light industrial or other suitable employment generating uses • It removes references to the power station in the policy (e.g. re. Potential noise impact and the requirement for a buffer area) • It removes reference to safeguarding a route through the site for the relief road so it is now consistent with the policies map
Legal and Surveying Fees
Each party is to be responsible for their costs incurred in the transaction. The successful bidder will be responsible for any reasonable abortive legal and surveying costs. A 10% non-refundable deposit will be required upon exchange of contracts.
Expression of Interest
Interested parties are required to confirm their interest in the land and to provide outline details of the following which will form part of the assessment criteria: • Nature of proposed use and/or development proposals and track record in such development • Track record in dealing with similar development sites and associated issues • Availability of suitable resources for any proposed development of the land • Any other information that is considered relevant Further information and inspection can be arranged through Savills. Suitable parties will be invited to submit offers in due course. All expression of interest should be received by 3pm on 18 October 2021 by way of tender.
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