News: 19 July 2018Plans submitted for job-creating rail-connected hub

We have submitted an outline planning application on behalf of Harworth Group plc to Selby District Council to transform its Gascoigne Wood site in Sherburn-in-Elmet into a major rail-connected hub for the North of England that would deliver a total of 2m sq. ft of employment space.

The 276-acre site – formerly the Gascoigne Wood Colliery at the heart of the Selby coalfield complex in North Yorkshire, includes the existing 124-acre Sherburn Rail Freight Terminal, home to occupiers including Siniat and British Gypsum, alongside agricultural land to the North.  The whole site benefits from an existing rail connection that can accept trains of up to 450m in length and is W10 gauge ready to link to industrial and distribution centres throughout the UK.  The application uses this as the site’s central asset and proposes up to 2 million sq. ft of general industry and storage and distribution space, ready for a range of rail-connected uses that could deliver over 2,000 new jobs.

Gascoigne Wood has been identified by Selby District Council as one of its five key sites within its Economic Growth Framework to deliver higher-value employment uses across the district and as a result, Harworth has signed a Planning Performance Agreement with the Council to ensure its swift consideration.  In preparation for this, significant due diligence was undertaken prior to the submission of the application, including detailed planning work on issues including highways and access, topography and drainage, ecology and coal legacy. 

We prepared the planning statement, environmental impact assessment and landscaping as part of the application.

Senior Planner and YEP board member, Lucie Jowett said:

“There are a limited number of rail connected sites across the region, few of which have the capacity or capability of replicating the offer available at Gascoigne Wood. The site, with its unique attributes, has the potential to provide the Selby District with a site of regional importance. We have worked on developing proposals which utilise the site’s unique attributes to create a development which positively responds and contributes to the District’s regeneration and economic objectives. The development will not only bring about the opportunity to create a significant number of new jobs and economic output in the District, but also across an extensive supply chain”.

Tim Love, Director of Strategic Land at Harworth, added:

“The site represents a fantastic and unique opportunity for Selby to take account of its unique locational advantages to create thousands of new rail-connected jobs.”


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