£50m Kingmoor Park plan unveiled

The public have been given their first glimpse of a £50m plan to expand a Carlisle industrial estate.

Environmental consultant Elizabeth Lees and Kingmoor Park chief executive Tony Goddard with the plans
The proposal, to develop a 90-acre patch of land at Kingmoor Park, could eventually create 3,500 jobs. Kingmoor Park chief executive Tony Goddard was at the exhibition to talk people through the plans. The development would see offices and warehouses built on a patch of land known as the Brunthill estate.
It will take between 15 and 20 years to fully complete and will eventually house just short of one million sq ft of warehousing and 400,000 sq ft of office space. The units will be offered to light industrial, distribution and warehousing companies.
Once complete it will link the existing Kingmoor North and Kingmoor Central developments to create one of the biggest industrial estates in the north west and Cumbria’s only strategic investment site. It will eventually be served by the Carlisle Northern Development Route (CNDR), although it is not dependent on it.
It is hoped permission will be secured by next March. Work on site infrastructure like roads, water and power supplies would then be started.
Mr Goddard said: “This is a tremendously exciting project and we are absolutely thrilled with it. This is a fantastic opportunity for Kingmoor Park, Carlisle and north Cumbria.
“When we kicked off the site in 1999, owner Brian Scowcroft had the intention of creating up to 5,000 jobs. We have created 1,500 already and it’s not unrealistic to say we’ll create the other 3,500 in the next 15 years, with this project a key part of that expansion.”
Kingmoor chiefs have worked on the expansion plans since the Brunthill site was added to the Kingmoor Park portfolio in 2003.The threat of recession has not dampened their enthusiasm. Mr Goddard added: “It has started before and will finish after the recession; it’s a long term development that will ride through the ups and downs of the economic cycle. We are fortunate to have bucked the economic trend.”