Smithywood warehouse

Developer PLP has gained planning consent for a 343,000sq ft speculative warehouse at Smithywood Business Park in Sheffield and plans to begin construction before the end of this year.

PLP development director Matthew Fitton said that the nature of the location, adjacent to Junction 35 of the M1, gave the company the confidence to build one of the largest speculative warehouses in the region.

“Given the proximity of the site to the M1 motorway and Sheffield, PLP Smithywood will offer great accessibility and market connectivity,” he commented.

Completion of the warehouse, on a 17-acre development site acquired from St Pauls Developments and The Norfolk Estate, is scheduled for Autumn 2020.

PLP is also active elsewhere in the North. It plans to develop two buildings of 92,500sq ft and 43,000 sq ft at Basford West in Crewe, having been granted planning consent by Cheshire East Council. These are due for completion by next summer.

In Leeds, PLP also been granted planning permission by the council to develop 900,000sq ft at Gateway 45 in the city. This will be made up of units from 59,000sq ft to 400,000sq ft and will be delivered through a mixture of speculative and build-to-suit development.