2:47pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013
THE construction of Darlington’s planned out-oftown cattle mart could start in the summer next year if detailed planning approval is given.
Darlington Farmers’ Auction Mart (DFAM) already has outline planning permission to develop a new agricultural centre and livestock market on a 50-hectare site at Humbelton Farm, next to the A68 near Darlington.
The mart has been on its council-owned site in Clifton Road, in Darlington town centre, since 1887.
Surrounded by housing, it has been looking to move for some years to gain easier access and allow it to expand.
It has now announced the appointment of WMC North East – a property development consultancy with a national portfolio of commercial and residential clients – to secure detailed planning consent and manage the construction.
WMC was set up earlier this year by developers Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave, owners and developers of the 700-acre Wynyard Park business park on Teesside and Discovery Park, a 220-acre science and technology park in Kent.
WMC will use its architects, designers and engineers to produce a “visually sympathetic design” for the new mart and agricultural centre, and will be responsible for attracting a range of complementary businesses to the site. It will also explore the possibility of a green energy plant on the site.
The company is working closely with Darlington Borough Council to ensure all the planning requirements are met and is also helping with the sale of a site on Neasham Road owned by DFAM – which already has residential planning consent – to provide capital for the proposed development at Humbleton Farm.
Tony Ward, DFAM project director, said: “The proposed new facility and wider masterplan will bring a much improved service to all our customers and the farming community in general, as well as providing employment opportunities during construction and once opened. We brought WMC North East on board as we are aware of the team’s proven expertise in the commercial property development field.
“Trevor, Chris and the team have demonstrated their knowledge of the property market through the developments of large-scale business parks like Wynyard Park, as well as managing projects such as the recent construction of the new multi-million pound Nifco factory in Stockton.”
Matt Johnson, of WMC, who is leading the project, said: “We are delighted to be appointed by Darlington Farmers’ Auction Market, who have a long tradition of providing livestock auctioneering services across the North-East.
“We look forward to working with the team to progress the development and create a purpose-built agricultural centre, enabling the expansion to meet the future needs of this long-standing company.”
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