EXCLUSIVE: Dozens of jobs in £2m scheme

Local Developer Jonathan Atkinson pictured at the Sites of the new business development taking place in Pocklington. NPOC PA1540-6b
Local Developer Jonathan Atkinson pictured at the Sites of the new business development taking place in Pocklington. NPOC PA1540-6b

Plans are afoot for a new £2million development of trade units on a business park near Pocklington industrial estate, which would create dozens of new jobs for the area.

It comes as work progresses on a new Starbucks drive-through, which will also be based on BroadHelm Business Park, next to Pocklington Services, the new service station. The coffee shop, which will create another 15 jobs for the area, is expected to open in early November.

On the northern side of Hodsow Lane, off the newly extended Lincoln Road, the developer, BroadHelm Venture, has submitted plans to East Riding Council to construct a courtyard development comprising nine trade units together with a separate new business premises for Home Fit UK, which is currently based in Market Weighton.

Jonathan Atkinson, from BroadHelm Venture, said: “We are delighted that our development proposals are moving forward after considerable investment in the road network and service infrastructure over recent years.

“The pending new development demonstrates the growing confidence in Pocklington and its commercial market place. Our proposals will lead to the creation of potentially dozens of new jobs and attract new businesses to the area.”

Fenton Swanborough, director of Home Fit UK, a home fitting and construction company, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for Home Fit UK to open a new modern innovative premises, showcasing all the services we offer to our customers from Pocklington and the surrounding areas. Not only will it enable us to enhance our services to the community but it will generate employment opportunities for local people.”

Home Fit UK would relocate from its current premises in Market Weighton, on Becklands Park Industrial Estate, to the new premises on BroadHelm Business Park if the development gets the go-ahead.

This development is expected to be the first of several on the northern side of Hodsow Lane. However, development on the southern side is also progressing.

The Brookfield Group, owner of Pocklington Services, off the A1079, is the developer behind the Starbucks drive-through. Work got underway on building the new coffee shop in late August.

Aziz Patel, from The Brookfield Group, said: “It is a global brand name. It’s an example of another big brand that we are bringing to Pocklington. It is one of the first Starbucks drive-throughts in East Yorkshire.”

Local agent, Nick Procter, commented that plans were in the pipeline for a further drive-thru restaurant adjoining the new Starbucks, but was unable to disclose the operator at this stage.