Peel submits plans for logistics and manufacturing hub at Doncaster Sheffield Airport

Plans have been submitted for a 325,000 square metre logistics and advanced manufacturing facility in Doncaster.

Developer Peel Land and Property said it has submitted the application, which includes supporting infrastructure, to Doncaster Council.

According to Peel, the facility would be on the Doncaster Sheffield Airport business park, Aero Centre Yorkshire, and the application sites has been included as a draft allocation for employment in the emerging Doncaster Local Plan.   

In a statement, Peel, which also owns the airport, said the application has been prepared "in direct response to the growing market need for large scale regional logistics and manufacturing sites and the continued growth in e-commerce".  

A report from Sheffield-based Commercial Property Partners accompanying the application, claims that there is a "clear deficiency" in logistics capacity in Doncaster with only five months’ supply of existing stock available within the local market. 

The firm said the development would provide 5,300 jobs once fully operational and "has the potential to make a major contribution towards the growth ambitions of Doncaster and the wider Sheffield City Region". 

Robert Hough, Peel Airports chairman, said: "This proposed development will be an integral part of the aviation-led economic cluster we are developing around our fast-growing airport, with Aero Centre Yorkshire acting as one of the main drivers of the Sheffield City Region's developing Global Innovation Corridor."

The project team for the application includes consultancies AECOM and Turley.

The new National Planning Policy Framework states that planning policies and decisions should recognise the "specific locational requirements" of storage and distribution operations.

Planning feature on how councils are planning for new logistics facilities can be found here.

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