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In one of the largest land transactions in the Huntingdonshire area for some considerable time, Barford + Co has acted for GPS PE Pipe Systems in the acquisition of 30 acres of commercial land at Warboys Airfield Industrial Estate.

GPS PE Pipe Systems is a market leading manufacturer of high performance piping products for gas, water, drainage and industrial applications. The company’s main manufacturing plant is based at St Peter’s Road, Huntingdon. The company also has a large pipe storage area at Wyton Airfield. GPS wanted to secure its long term pipe storage options by securing a freehold site in the local area, and Barford + Co has been able to assist the company in achieving this objective.

Barford + Co was appointed to advise GPS in 2011 and initially undertook a search for a suitable site within a 40 mile radius of the company’s plant in Huntingdon. A shortlist of four suitable opportunities was produced and following negotiations with owners of two sites, terms were agreed for the conditional purchase of the preferred option at Warboys.

Solicitors were instructed and Barford + Co’s planning department co-ordinated the appointment of a range of consultants. A planning application was prepared for submission to Huntingdonshire District Council. At this point, it became clear that part of the land being purchased could not be developed due to the presence of Great Crested newts. In order to make up the shortfall, negotiations were put in place with an adjoining farmer and an option agreement was signed up for a further 10 acres of land. This was then included in a comprehensive planning application and permission was granted in September 2013. Both areas of land have now been purchased, and with Barford + Co’s assistance, the company’s long term storage facility in the Huntingdon area has successfully been secured.

Graham Chadband, Operations Director at GPS PE Pipe Systems commented “This has been a long process with a huge range of complications. Barford + Co has worked closely with us to achieve a successful outcome”.

Martin Page, Director of Planning at Barford + Co stated “We were certainly faced with a range of unexpected and tricky complications on this site, not least the presence of Great Crested newts and highway matters which needed to be resolved. Due to our knowledge of the procedures connected with such issues, we have been able to negotiate a satisfactory planning permission”.

GPS will start work up the detailed aspects of its proposals shortly, though development is unlikely to commence in the immediate future.



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