Friday 26 July 2013

What is the difference between a 'business park'... and a 'retail park'?

This was in the news last month:

Celebration as Bradfords opens business park

Thursday, June 6, 2013 
The first business to begin trading from the new Liverton 2 business park has opened its doors.

Lord Clinton performs the ribbon cutiting with Bradfords MD Dennis Smith at the official opening of the new Bradfords at Liverton business park this week. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 8233-23-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on MyPhotos24.
Lord Clinton performs the ribbon cutiting with Bradfords MD Dennis Smith at the official opening of the new Bradfords at Liverton business park this week. Photo by Simon Horn.
Bradfords Building Supplies was officially opened by Lord Clinton, whose Clinton Devon Estates is developing the Liverton 2 site behind its existing Liverton Business Park, off Salterton Road. Liverton 2 is designed to provide 10,000 square metres of employment space for the light industry, storage and distribution sector.
Clinton Devon Estates’ head of property and land, Leigh Rix, said: “This marks the culmination of years of planning and development work on our new business park. “To see trading begin, bringing with it new opportunities to Exmouth and the wider area, is a proud moment for both Bradfords and Clinton Devon Estates.”
Bradfords already has outlets in Exeter, Honiton and Seaton, but this is its first outlet in Exmouth. Bradfords managing director Dennis Smith said: “Exmouth has been a missing jigsaw piece in our South West network and we were prepared to wait to find the right premises in the right place. “I am confident that we have found this at Liverton 2 and we look forward to offering our customers, both existing customers and new ones, a first rate service in a first rate location.”
Celebration as Bradfords opens business park - News - Exmouth Journal
News | Bradfords official opening at Liverton 2 Business Park Exmouth | Liverton Business Park

This is from the dedicated website:

Welcome to Liverton Business Park

Exmouth's premier space for businesses of all sizes

The award winning Liverton Business Park offers businesses a first-class working environment within an extensively landscaped site on the outskirts of Exmouth 
Owned by Clinton Devon Estates and with B&Q as an anchor tenant, Liverton Business Park provides the very highest quality retail, commercial and employment space for businesses in East Devon. 
Liverton 2 is a new five hectare site to the north of the park that is being purpose built for light industry, storage and distribution. For businesses interested in tenancies there is currently an opportunity to influence the design and layout of a building or site specific to your needs. 
Within a stone's throw of the coast and countryside and with easy access to excellent local and national transport networks, this thriving commercial hub offers a top class location for work/ life businesses. 
For enquiries please click here.


Home | Liverton Business Park

And as such the LBP offers 'retail, commercial and employment space'. The new LBP2 next door offers space for 'light industry, storage and distribution'.

Green light for Exmouth business park expansion - News - Exmouth Journal

The LBP1 has on its books, according to the sign welcoming visitors and at Liverton Business Park | Liverton Business Park, amongst others but most prominently:
B&Q Supercentre - Exmouth - Opening Times 
> McDonalds in Exmouth Liverton, Exmouth, Opening Times 
> Halfords Exmouth - Liverton Business Park, Salterton Road, Exmouth, Devon - Shops2b
Pets At Home - Pet Shop in Exmouth - Salterton Road 

Apart from Digita Software for Accountants | Tax Software, the only businesses which are not retail/direct-to-customer appear to be those housed in the smaller Thorntree and Tidwell Units:

Commercial Property for rent in EXMOUTH | 50125818 - Harrison Lavers and potbury

The plan is to create more employment opportunities:
News | New Plans raise hopes for more employment opportunities | Liverton Business Park

East Devon District Council's Portfolio Holder for Strategic Planning and Regeneration, Councillor Ray Franklin, said: "This is very exciting news for Exmouth and for the wider East Devon economy. We are keen to bring forward more employment land for the town, both because of the potential for new employers to move in and also to allow the flexibility for companies and organisations to move to Liverton from other sites, so freeing these up for re-development. The expanded business park will also be easy for local people to access on foot and by bike, so offering the chance of greener commuting for some".
News | Vital new employment space for East Devon | Liverton Business Park

Indeed, this has been promoted by the District Council and forms part of its long-term planning strategy: 
www.eastdevon.gov.uk/new_local_plan_publication_draft_dec_2011_lowres.pdf (page 31)
East Devon planners have approved an application to extend a "multimillion" pound business park on the outskirts of Exmouth. | This is Devon

The Liverton Business Parks are owned by Clinton Devon Estates

About Clinton Devon Estates

Clinton Devon Estates is involved in farming, sustainable forestry and timber products, deer management and residential property. It has a portfolio of commercial property across the South West and provides one of the region’s best equipped equestrian event venues at Bicton. It also owns commons at Woodbury which form the major part of the East Devon Pebblebed Heaths SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest).
Clinton Devon Estates has been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in the category of Sustainable Development in 2005 and again in 2010, reflecting its commitment to conservation management through Countryside Stewardship Schemes and privately funded Estate led environmental initiatives.
The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths are managed by the Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, a charity set up by Clinton Devon Estates to promote the conservation, protection and improvement of the physical and natural environment of the Pebblebed Heaths and the Otter Estuary for the benefit of future generations.
The East Devon Pebblebed Heaths are located in an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and have both UK and European designations, including a Site of Scientific Interest (SSSI), Special Protection Area (SPA) and a Special Area of Conservation (SAC).
For more information please visit www.clintondevon.com

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