The area is picked out in the spatial strategy for development. Credit: planning documents

Scotch Corner industrial primed for green light

Marshall Leisure wants to build 107,000 sq ft of storage and industrial space on a caravan site at the key junction.

A meeting of North Yorkshire Council’s Richmond area planning committee on 13 April will consider the application, also turning its attention to a proposal for 88 homes at Aiskew.

The Scotch Corner plan features two units of 10,000 sq ft and a raft of smaller facilities – there will be a total of 37 units amounting to 107,640 sq ft of storage and industrial space at the caravan park in Barracks Bank. A total of 149 parking spaces are included.

Zerum is the planning consultant for the project and DEN the architect. The professional team also includes travel and transport advisor Mosodi and noise assessor JPM Acoustics.

The proposed 7.6-acre site is immediately adjacent to the upgraded Junction 53 of the A1(M), close to the Holiday Inn hotel.

The wider area also includes a small trade park and a caravan sales area, and is included in the Central Richmondshire Spatial Strategy as prime for development potential.

Marshall’s site has operated as a caravan park since the 1970s, with a business park application being refused in 1990.

The other key item to go before committee is the housing at Aiskew. The applicant, Blind Lane Land, wants to build on a 6.7-acre site south of the A684 and north of the Wensleydale railway.

The site currently houses former hatchery and piggery buildings. Previous plans for the same number of homes were denied consent in 2020 over concerns about its connectivity to the road network and water infrastructure.

With these issues addressed by planning consultant Peacock + Smith, approval is recommended.

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