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Leeds City Council yesterday gave the go-ahead for the new mixed-use proposals for Thorpe Park, Scarborough Development Group’s business park on the M1 in east Leeds. The Council’s City Plans Panel supported the scheme last week. However, owing to last-minute objections from parties with interests in other retail assets in Leeds, it was decided that details of the planning conditions controlling Thorpe Park’s retail use would be deferred by a week to allow those objectors to make their case. The additional time was also used to refine the details of Thorpe Park’s public transport strategy.
At yesterday’s meeting the City Plans Panel voted to accept their Planning Officers’ recommendations that the retail conditions and the public transport provisions were acceptable. Scarborough Development Group’s Managing Director, Mark Jackson, said: “The City Council needs to observe the most rigorous possible process in taking any decision, especially where projects of such scale and potential are proposed, which we fully support. We were pleased to comply fully with the Council’s balanced response to the last-minute objections.
“More importantly of course, we are very pleased now to be able to focus all of our energy on delivering the new Thorpe Park, the jobs it will create, the traffic and transport benefits it brings, and the much-needed new homes that it will enable”.

For further information, please contact:
Mark Jackson
Scarborough Development Group
Tel: 020 7127 9170

Jeremy Carey/Faye Walters
Tavistock Communications
Tel: 020 7920 3150


Scarborough Development Group (SDG), the property development division of Kevin McCabe’s Scarborough Group International, received a resolution, to grant outline planning permission yesterday from Leeds City Council for a £400 million expansion of Thorpe Park, on the M1 in east Leeds.
Responding to last minute objections from companies involved in Leeds city centre, however, the Councillors of the planning committee deferred final judgment on the detail of the retail planning condition to be attached to the planning consent until their next meeting on Thursday 26 September.
To date nearly 600,000 sq ft of business space has been built at Thorpe Park. The expansion will add up to 1.1 million sq ft of high-quality office space; a 97,000 sq ft food store; 97,000 sq ft of non-food retail; up to 175,000 sq ft of leisure space, including a hotel and sports facilities; and 45,000 sq ft of cafes, bars and restaurants. The end value of the additional space is expected to be in excess of £400 million.
The scheme also features 30 acres of parkland and green space, which will run through the scheme to link with Green Park, the new 113-acre public park to the west, which is being brought forward by SDG, in conjunction with Leeds City Council. Consent was also granted for the Manston Lane Link Road, a key piece of road infrastructure linking the north east Leeds area, and the ‘East Leeds Extension’ housing allocation, to the M1. This will have a transformational effect upon the traffic management in the area and assist the delivery of up to 6,000 houses. The development is expected to create up to 13,000 jobs, including 6,500 local employment opportunities for the Leeds city region. Mark Jackson, Managing Director of SDG, said: “This is a very important milestone for us and an important day for the economy of East Leeds. “The City Councillors have made it clear that this scheme is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for East Leeds. The scheme presented to the planning committee today is the product of working closely with the Council to achieve the right outcome for Leeds and the city region. We believe that with this new scheme Thorpe Park will offer a working environment unlike any other and contribute hugely to the economic prosperity of the area.
“This new direction for Thorpe Park will deliver benefits far beyond its boundaries, and we are pleased to be able to work with the City to achieve this.” Thorpe Park is an important business park for both Leeds and the North of England, located just six miles east of Leeds City Centre with its own dedicated access off junction 46 of the M1. Among the 60 occupiers of the existing office space are IBM, National Grid, GE Capital, Vinci, BAM and United Utilities.

For further information, please contact:
Mark Jackson
Scarborough Development Group
Tel: 020 7127 9170

Jeremy Carey/Faye Walters
Tavistock Communications
Tel: 020 7920 3150


A car show room, petrol station, self-storage unit, supermarket and a drive-through restaurant are proposed to transform the site into an 11 acre retail park.

The medium-sized supermarket would have a shop floor of 25,000 sq. ft. and create around one hundred full and part time jobs.

The scheme would also see improvements made to the highway, and landscaping works carried out along the border of the site to enhance the view for local residents.

The local community and businesses are encouraged to come and see the plans at two public exhibitions which are being held at St Martin’s Church on Didsbury Road on Wednesday 11th September from 3-7pm and Thursday 12th September from 10am-2pm.

Scarborough’s development director, Lee Savage said: “We’d like to transform this run-down site into an attractive new retail park which will have significant economic benefits for the area.

“A number of the existing buildings are dilapidated beyond repair but this plan offers the opportunity to fully utilise the site again and create employment opportunities for local people at the same time.”

Following the consultation period Scarborough Development Group will submit an outline planning application later this year.


Sheffield United Football Club announces today that HRH Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has become joint owner of the Club. Prince Abdullah has secured a 50% interest in Blades Leisure Ltd, the holding company for Sheffield United FC, in return for which he will invest substantial new capital into the club with the aim of working with current owner Kevin McCabe and his family to achieve the Blades' return to the Premier League as quickly as possible. The Prince becomes Co-Chairman with Kevin McCabe of Blades Leisure and Sheffield United.
Prince Abdullah, aged 47, is a grandson of the founder of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, King Abdulaziz. He is a passionate football supporter and is former President of Al Hilal FC, the largest and most successful club in Saudi Arabia. He is also Chairman of Saudi Arabia's Football Privatisation Committee. Prince Abdullah is a prominent Saudi businessman and industrialist. He is the founder and Chairman of the publicly-listed Saudi Paper Manufacturing Group, the largest paper tissue manufacturer in the Middle East. He is active in other fields in the services and investments sectors in Saudi Arabia, and internationally. He travels extensively and works with other prominent businessmen from around the world to promote trade, goodwill and understanding through sport between Saudi Arabia and other countries.
Prince Abdullah said: "I am delighted to invest in such a sensibly-organised, family and community club with a great history and heritage. Joining Sheffield United FC at a time close to its 125th year in existence is significant to me and, like Kevin, I am determined to see it achieve its goals and look forward to working with the whole Blades community. However, money will be spent judiciously, and in any case we must comply with the Salary Cost Management Protocol."
Kevin McCabe said: "We are thrilled to be building this new partnership for Sheffield United with Prince Abdullah, who shares our vision for the Blades to join the top tier of English football. The McCabe family remains wholly committed and over the past 10 years has invested more than £90 million in rebuilding our fine and proud Club, which now has a top-class stadium, academy and junior development centre."
The boards will also see new directors in Abdulraham Bin Abdullah (the Prince's son), James Phipps (the Prince's principal advisor) and Selahattin Baki (a highly regarded Turkish businessman and General Manager of Premier Paper Converting Company, which manufactures consumer tissue paper products in Izmit, Turkey). London and Dubai-based specialist consulting firm Forticap acted as the sole arranger for the transaction.

For further information:
Jeremy Carey/James Whitmore/Faye Walters
Tavistock Communications
020 7920 3150


Buchanan Gate, which is soon to play host to the new 68,900 sq ft Scottish Water National Operations Centre, is situated adjacent to Junction 3 on the M80, a short ten minute drive from Glasgow city centre.

Set to be built and designed to the highest specifications, the HQ building, owned by Scarborough Group International, will span 40,000 sq ft over four levels. Designed for occupation as a headquarters or by multiple occupiers, the office building will boast an impressive reception area, excellent car parking provision, shower and cycle storage facilities and floor to ceiling windows. With 10,000 sq ft open plan floor plates, sub-divisible from 3,000 sq ft, the HQ building will offer highly flexible business space.

On completion, the building is set to achieve a minimum BREEAM rating of ‘Very Good’ with an Energy Performance Rating of B.

David Rolwegan, associate director at CBRE, said: “The Buchanan Gate Business Park is a prime development with some impressive existing occupiers including Barratt Homes, BAM, Premier Inn and Scottish Water, which is due to come on site over the next few months.

“The HQ building opportunity offers a highly prominent location within the Park which benefits from the fantastic transport links afforded by the M80, nearby Stepps railway station and bus connections.

“I’m confident this building will be of great interest to many businesses looking for a centralised, well connected hub in Scotland.”

William McAlister from Scarborough Group added: “Buchanan Gate Business Park is a thriving area with excellent access to Scotland’s entire central belt. It will be the ideal location for the HQ building, which is set to offer the highest quality of office accommodation.”

CBRE and Montagu Evans are the joint letting agents for the HQ building at Buchanan Gate Business Park.

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