Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mart Plan Moves Forward

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Mart Plan Moves Forward

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Byline: Karen McLauchlan Deputy Business Editor karen.mclauchlan@eveninggazette.co.uk

DARLINGTON Farmers Auction Mart (DFAM) has appointed a property development consultancy, with a national portfolio of commercial and residential clients, to manage the development of its new livestock market on the outskirts of Darlington.

WMC North East has been brought on board to secure detailed planning consent and manage the development of a new agricultural centre and livestock market at Humbleton Farm, on the A68 near Darlington.

The current livestock auctioneering facility is based on Clifton Road in Darlington town centre, and has been in the region since 1887.

However, the weekly market trading facility has experienced disruption due to its close proximity to the centre and its current location is also impacting upon its potential growth opportunities.

The rural location of Humbleton Farm, a 50-hectare site, will be a more suitable location for the proposed auction mart, which has already secured outline planning consent.

WMC North East was set up earlier this year by developers Trevor Cartner and Chris Musgrave.

Both Trevor and Chris have a proven track record in delivering commercial development projects, as owners of a 700-acre business community Wynyard Park in Teesside and Discovery Park, a 220-acre science and technology park in Kent.

If detailed planning is secured, WMC North East will oversee the construction of the livestock auction facility and will call upon its portfolio of expert architects, designers and engineers to produce a visually sympathetic design for the building.

As part of the masterplan, the consultancy will also be responsible for securing a range of ancillary services on site, by attracting complimentary businesses along with the potential for a green energy plant to create a long-term sustainable future for the site. …

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