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05 Mar 2021

New Director to take forward GatewayEast plans to help boost Sheffield City Region’s economy and create up to 35,000 jobs

Peel L&P has appointed a new director to take forward its GatewayEast development which is set to create up to 35,000 jobs and 3,000 new homes worth £6.5bn to the local economy by 2037.

Neal Biddle, Development Director for GatewayEast, is a qualified surveyor with more than 20 years’ experience in mixed-use development including a number of years at Manchester Airport Group working on the 200-acre Airport City masterplan.

He joins Peel L&P from Langtree where he led the development activities of several regeneration partnerships with local authorities across the North West, including Sci-Tech Daresbury campus in Halton, Southern Gateway in Warrington and Parkside Colliery in St. Helens.

GatewayEast is a £1.7bn shovel-ready project and Sheffield City Region’s largest opportunity for sustainable social and economic growth.

GatewayEast offers 11 million sq. ft of residential and commercial space across distinct zones such as advanced manufacturing, logistics, cargo and airside operations, all accompanied by extensive retail, leisure and residential properties.

Neal will see through the delivery of the development, starting with the first phase, 3.5 million sq. ft. of employment space which already has planning consent.

A planning application has also been submitted for GatewayEast Central Plaza which would create more than 1,100 full time jobs through retail, commercial, residential and leisure opportunities worth around £250m to the local economy each year. A decision on the plans is expected in the spring.

Neal Biddle, Peel L&P’s Development Director for GatewayEast said: “GatewayEast will significantly boost Sheffield City Region’s economy by providing employment on a large-scale and creating a world-class hub for advanced manufacturing, innovation and logistics as well as much-needed local amenities.

“It’s proximity to the airport and East Coast Mainline train network gives GatewayEast real placemaking potential and I’m excited to bring the development programme forward.”

More about GatewayEast.

Photo: Neal Biddle, Peel L&P’s Director of Development for GatewayEast on site.