November 27, 2018

Former Harboro Rubber land up for sale with planning permission

We are delighted to offer an exciting and rare residential and office development opportunity to the market with the sale of the land formerly occupied by the Harboro Rubber Company. One section of the land is on the market complete with planning permission for 45 houses and flats. The second lot of land for sale, also with planning permission, is on the site of the Grade II listed former Blandford’s Flour Mill which was built around 1860.

A prime location

With nearly 30 years’ experience marketing both residential and commercial properties in Market Harborough and the wider Leicestershire areas, Andrew Granger & Co are perfectly placed to handle the sale of this land and former flour mill.

“It’s not often such a prime parcel of land comes up for sale in a town like Market Harborough,” says Market Harborough-based Head of Residential Sales, Peter Buckingham. “The existence of planning permission is clearly also a big bonus for prospective developers. As a site of significance and prominence in the town with close proximity to the train station, we expect demand for this land to be high.”

A long awaited opportunity

Ever since the Harboro Rubber Company relocated from the St Mary’s Road premises to its current base on the Riverside Industrial Estate in 2006, over 110 years after it was established in 1894, the land has been lying fallow as different schemes have been considered for the site. Finally this summer, planning officers decided that the agreed development fulfilled the criteria of restoring a listed building and providing new homes on a brownfield site.

Steeped in history

The Harboro Rubber Company began life as a boot making shop in Leicester and started producing synthetic rubber during the Second World War due to the shortage of the materials needed to produce rubber which originated in the enemy territory of Japan. The company is still owned by the same family, The Briggs, today. The former flour mill’s proximity to the River Welland made it an ideal location for a rubber production site due to the key role of water in the production process.

Get in touch to find out more

To find out more information about this unique and exciting development opportunity, please call our Market Harborough office on 01858 431 315.