New employment space created at Exmouth business park
Owners Clinton Devon Estates will start construction work in the spring on the latest addition to the site, near Salterton Road, with six units being available to new occupiers in the summer.
TJ Morris Ltd, which operates Home Bargains stores, will open its latest branch at Liverton in April, taking over the existing premises previously occupied by Homemaker.
Leigh Rix, Head of Property and Land at Clinton Devon Estates, said: “This announcement is good news for the people of Exmouth and East Devon as it adds a new dimension to the area’s retail and employment mix.
“Home Bargains is a well-established, growing company which is known to generate increased footfall in retail and business parks so it’s also good news for all the existing tenants at Liverton.
“We are also negotiating with another national company which is interested in taking the store vacated by B&Q after they sadly decided to close around 60 outlets across the country last year.
“In recent years we have expanded Liverton Business Park so it is now also home to Howdens and Bradfords, and we are also in the process of developing more units to alleviate the shortage of serviced employment space in Exmouth.
“We will soon be starting to build the new Harpford Units which will offer the opportunity for local companies to expand or relocate to this purpose-built business park. In addition to being well connected to the road network and just 30 minutes from the centre of Exeter, Liverton Business Park has excellent cycle and footpath links to its neighbouring communities.”
Full planning permission was granted for the six new units in September 2015, with four of 116 square metres (1,250 sq ft) each and two of 232 square metres (2,500 sq ft) each, for business, industrial, and storage and distribution use (classes B1, B2 and B8).
Mr Rix added: “We’re providing 10,000 sq ft of new employment space, along with yard space, parking, access road and landscaping. With construction work due to get under way, new tenants could help to influence the design and layout of their chosen site, subject to planning regulations, if they get in touch with us soon.
“We will start work on the new Harpford Units this spring and expect them to be ready for their new occupiers in the summer.”
Among the existing tenants on the Liverton Business Park is Howdens, who supply fitted kitchens, appliances and joinery products. Exmouth manager Karen Fleming says that since opening the branch at the end of 2014 it has proved to be an excellent location.
Mrs Fleming said: “In recent months we’ve seen strong growth in both footfall and sales here at the Liverton site.
“We already have neighbouring branches in Exeter and Honiton, so with the new store we were hoping to better serve existing customers in the East Devon area as well as seeking out new ones.
“Exmouth itself has a population of around 35,000 and we also serve Sidmouth, Budleigh Salterton, Woodbury, Ebford, Exton and many other local towns and villages. So it’s a strong catchment!
“I’d encourage any business to consider locating to Liverton Business Park. We’ve never regretted it.”
For more information on the Harpford Units, please contact Malcolm Williams at Harrison-Lavers & Potbury’s on 01395 516633 or Andrew Hosking at Stratton Creber Commercial on 01392 202203 or 07787 512389 or see www.harrisonlavers.com or www.strattoncrebercommercial.co.uk