Plans are being drawn up for a large industrial development off the A1(M) Catterick junction.
Developers have applied to Richmondshire District Council to ask whether an environmental impact assessment would be needed if they submitted a planning application for the scheme.
The proposal is for a large industrial unit and four smaller units on fields south and west of Catterick Road and west of A1(M), which would total 774,000 sq ft of industrial space
A further plot containing five units amounting to 160,000 sq ft is proposed to the west of Catterick Road.
Supporting documents state that access to the larger site would be from the A6055, as junction 52 of the A1(M) is
located at the south eastern corner of the site giving direct access to the A1(M).
The smaller of the two sites would be accessed off Catterick Road.
“It is therefore clear the combined sites comprise a prime and sustainable location for the proposed industrial development, benefitting from excellent connectivity to the strategic road network,” the documents add.
The application has been submitted on behalf of developers Eshton Castlevale.
Agents for the applicants state that they believe an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is not needed.
They conclude: “This Screening Opinion Request has undertaken a review of the likely environmental effects associated with the proposed development for industrial (use class E/B2/B8) development on 2 parcels of land north of the A6055, bisected by Catterick Road and west of A1(M).
“Based on the review, it is considered that any potential effects arising from the development could be suitably assessed through the technical reports submitted as part of the planning application.
“Therefore, taking into account the merits of the proposal it is concluded there are no likely significant environmental effects either individually or cumulatively, which would warrant the requirement for an EIA in respect of the proposed development.”
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