Scarborough submits plans for Thorpe Park development in Leeds

2 October 2012 (Last Updated October 2nd, 2012 18:30)

Real estate developer Scarborough Development has submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council in the UK for a £400m mixed-use development at Thorpe Park near Junction 46 of the M1 motorway.

Real estate developer Scarborough Development has submitted a planning application to Leeds City Council in the UK for a £400m mixed-use development at Thorpe Park near Junction 46 of the M1 motorway.

The application seeks to build on Thorpe Park’s existing 1.8 million sq ft business park consent, introducing additional space for retail and leisure amenities demanded by modern occupiers.

Scarborough has also submitted an application for the Manston Lane Link Road (MLLR), which will connect existing communities in east Leeds and the Manston Lane industrial area to Thorpe Park’s junction with the M1.

The new development will add about 1.2 million ft² of office space to the existing 600,000ft² of business space at Thorpe Park.

The scheme for the project features a 130,000 ft² food store, 177,000 ft² of leisure space including a hotel and sports facilities, 33,000ft² of cafes, bars and restaurants and 100,000ft² of additional retail space.

Plans also include 35 acres of parkland and green space, which will connect the development with Green Park, a 113-acre public park to the west of the site that is being brought forward in conjunction with Leeds Council.

Scarborough Development managing director Mark Jackson said that the scheme will offer space in business parks for modern businesses and their staff.

"Whilst Thorpe Park already has an enviable location, we intend to add to this an exceptional working environment, with all amenities to hand," Jackson said.

Companies already occupying the existing office space at Thorpe Park include Vinci, BAM, IBM, National Grid, GE Capital and United Utilities.