Infrastructure work has started on a new agri-food business park and livestock market site near Eden Camp in Malton.
The site was one of just six nationally and the only in Yorkshire in March last year to be awarded Food Enterprise Zone status. This is an initiative aiming to make it easier for food and farming businesses to grow and attract new business by simplifying the planning process.
It is hoped the site will create around 600 jobs directly and over 2000 from other Ryedale businesses. It is part funded by a £2.1m Local Growth Fund grant administered by ourselves, and following a bid from Commercial Development Project (CDP) developers and Ryedale District Council.
Entrepreneur Barry Dodd CBE, Chairman of the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership, said:
"Malton represents a great step towards our area becoming a global leader in food, agri-tech and biorenewables. With our largely rural economy, we need to maximise the opportunities at sites like Malton where there is also a strong market demand for business space. Locating the agri-food business park near the livestock market increases their connectivity which should drive wider economic growth and help ensure the continued success of our vibrant communities.”
The infrastructure work includes starting on the internal roads, utilities, attenuation ponds and landscaping of the site. CDP has said it expects the work to take around six months to complete, and that following this, subject to final agreement on funding, work will start on the livestock market and other buildings.
Cllr Linda Cowling, Leader of Ryedale District Council and a deputy Board member for the LEP, said: "Ryedale Council gives a strong priority to supporting our local economy and helping businesses thrive in our area. Through our planning and economic development teams we have worked closely with the developers to deliver this major opportunity to provide quality jobs for local people, including a Food Enterprise Zone and space to accommodate a new livestock market."
Charles Vyvyan of Commercial Development Projects said: “This is a major vote of confidence and investment in Malton and what we hope will be the catalyst to creating a successful Food Enterprise Zone.”