£5million development to create 92 jobs

J Atkinson
J Atkinson

A MULTI-million pound investment is planned for Pocklington to build a new pub, restaurant and petrol station in the town, possibly creating 92 jobs.

Developers have submitted a planning application for a site at BroadHelm Business Park, referred to as the southern area, between the old Hodsow Lane junction and the road that connects to the new roundabout on the A1079.

Land Nr 1079

Land Nr 1079

Costing in excess of £5million, this is the second phase of an ambitious plan after the completion of the £2 million roundabout in the summer.

The pub/ restaurant would employ 15 full-time and 35 part-time staff, while the petrol station, which will have a shop, and second restaurant would each employ seven full-time and 14 part-time staff.

Pocklington-based developers BroadHelm Venture, who own the two-hectare site and are spearheading the project, has confirmed there is interest in the pub and restaurant. The Brookfield Group are to take control of the petrol station after reaching an agreement with the developer.

Jonathan Atkinson, a director for BroadHelm, said: “We currently have interest in all aspects of our proposals for the southern area which should hopefully result in an investment of in excess of £5million and the creation of many new jobs.”

He added: “We are optimistic the plans will get approved.”

The application also includes plans to build an access road to Hodsow Lane.

BroadHelm, which is a combination of two organisations- Broadvale Developments Ltd and the Helmsley Group- owns a further 9.3 hectares of land due for development to the east and north side of the existing industrial estate.

Mr Atkinson confirmed there has also been interest shown in the northern area and when sufficient interest has been secured, the much-anticipated new link road to the industrial estate will then be provided as part of the development proposals for this phase.

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He said: “Hopefully our current development proposals will continue to raise the profile of the development and Pocklington and, given the new and renewed interest we are receiving in the northern area of the park, this is already happening.”

BroadHelm provided finances, along with East Riding of Yorkshire Council (ERYC) and local landowner Henry Thirsk, for the installation of the new roundabout on the A1079, which was built by local contractor Wold Construction.

Mr Atkinson said it was hoped the new roundabout would be a catalyst for further improvements and that this is proving to be the case.

“It was always envisaged that the new roundabout would provide a main entrance into Pocklington and would act as an economic catalyst for future developments and growth,” he said.

“This to date has been proven with the specific interest we have received.”

The developers already have outline planning approval to build a restaurant and leisure facilities on the southern area. The recently submitted application is for detailed planning permission and, if approved, work is expected to be completed by the end of next summer.

Planners at ERYC will make their decision by February next year.