North of England airport site set for further expansion

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has been given the green light from the local council for further expansion of its 1,600 acre Aero Centre Yorkshire.
The expansion will include up to 600,000 sq ft of office, general industry, storage and distribution space developed with the potential to create up to 800 jobs.
It follows the launch in March of the airport Vision Plan by owners Peel Land and Property. The DSA Vision envisages a ‘Connected National Economy’ that “realises the airport’s potential as a major catalyst for transforming the north of England, creating new employment, housing, tourism and aviation capacity”.
The Vision is for an ‘aerotropolis’ with a 250,000-tonne annual cargo capacity along with 25m passengers.
Peel is also pushing for a rail link to the nearby East Coast main line, which it says could be in place by 2024.
Peel anticipates strong interest in the fully-serviced site and will open discussions with developers and owner occupiers.
The scheme also reflects the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership’s (LEP) strategic plans identifying Aero Centre Yorkshire as a driver for inward investment and job creation in logistics, engineering, aviation, energy and construction.
Peel Land and Property development manager, Andrew Farrer, said: “Aero Centre Yorkshire’s wider development will build on the success of the DSA which has seen significant growth in recent times. The application has been prepared to reflect the rapid growth in the cargo and logistics market at DSA, helped by the improved accessibility provided by Great Yorkshire Way as well as its location within a national logistics hot spot between the Humber ports and the motorway network.”
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