Hitchcocks Business Park near Willand has submitted planning.
Development will enable the delivery of business premises which could create in the region of 1,000 jobs, documents with the planning application reveal, adding that it will secure pedestrian and cycle links within the site, along the Uffculme Straight and along the B3181, completing the provision of safe routes between Uffculme, Willand, the A38, Waterloo Cross bus stops and Tiverton Parkway railway station.
The proposals also include a new HQ building for the park management team, which will house a new café space, lettable meeting rooms and park offices.
The overall scheme has been developed to ensure that the park can expand in a structured manner guided by a coherent masterplan, maximising opportunities for new and existing businesses and bringing new jobs to the area, the documents add.
Explaining why expansion is needed, the documents say: “There is currently strong demand for employment space and an opportunity exists to create new business premises and increase the range of buildings available.
“Expansion is needed because there is high demand for commercial floor space, the current accommodation is fully let (from a total of around 280,000 sqft available) and Hitchcocks is proactive and one of very few business parks in the region that builds speculatively.
“The delivery of new business premises is critical to the continued success of the business park. The proposals will improve access to the park via non-vehicular and public modes of transport as well as providing additional facilities for existing park tenants.”
Currently, businesses on the park employ around 500 – 600 staff on site, but more than 1,000 new jobs could be created on the park is located between Willand and Uffculme off the B3181 and close to both junction 27 of the M5 and Tiverton Parkway, which are factors that have attracted new and established businesses from around the region and beyond.
The documents add: “Improving the wider connections around the park has been part of the proposals from the outset. The provision of new cycle / footways along the B3181 between Bridwell Avenue and Willand and within the site and along the Uffculme straight will improve pedestrian and cycle access between Uffculme, Willand, Waterloo Cross and Tiverton Parkway, provide access to new bus stops on the Uffculme Straight and access to new amenities and public open space within the park.
“A 2.5ha area of public open space including a trim trail for the benefit of local residents and employees and informal areas of landscaping, along with retained hedgerow and tree planting will help to create a positive green and leafy environment will be provided
“A good location close the junction 27 of the M5, Tiverton Parkway and a local labour force, combined with the qualities of the existing environment provide a great foundation for expanding an existing award winning, sustainable, attractive and distinctive business park.”
The proposal is for circa 388,000 sqft (GEA) of employment floorspace within twenty-nine buildings along with an amenity block, public open space and associated highway and drainage infrastructure.
The proposal comprises of:
- c. 335,500 sqft B8 class employment uses (storage and distribution);
- c. 40,000 sqft B1(c) class employment uses; (Industrial business)
- c. 7,000 sqft B1(a) class employment uses; (offices)
- c. 4,000 sqft of associated A class uses; (shops, retail, professional services, food and drink)
- c. 1,500 sqft amenity block;
- Storage areas, yards;
- Lorry (c.60 spaces), car (c.700 spaces) and bicycle parking (c.110 spaces); and
- Associated infrastructure, open space and amenities.
Mid Devon District Council planners will determine the fate of the application at a later date.