Research & Development



Land South of Leicester Road, Melton Mowbray

Major new development on a 9.96-ha site coming forwards on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray, offering up to 26,900 m² (289,100 ft²) of employment space. The site forms part of the South Melton Sustainable Urban Extension, a 143.8-ha housing and employment led development. The site has also been identified as a viable Manufacturing Zone location (a project previously funded by Midlands Engine).

Key facts

  • Major new development on a 9.96-ha site on the outskirts of Melton Mowbray
  • Up to 26,900 m² (289,100 ft²) of employment space
  • Identified as a viable Manufacturing Zone location
  • Close to ‘Old Dalby’ – the UK’s National Rail Test Track and Electrified Test Track Facility.

Opportunity location

Why invest in Leicestershire?

Welcome to Leicester & Leicestershire – the largest economy in the East Midlands.
We benefit from outstanding assets including a vibrant, university city with a strong industrial and cultural heritage; two unique and inspiring Enterprise Zones; a UK Freeport at East Midlands Airport; three world class universities delivering cutting edge innovation, research, and design; a central location with strategic rail and motorway links, one of Europe’s largest distribution parks and the UK’s largest pure cargo airport; and two Manufacturing Zones. We’re home to Caterpillar, Next, Santander, Walkers Snack Foods (PepsiCo), IBM Client Innovation Centre UK and Amazon.

Key strategic developments include Leicester Waterside and Station Regeneration, Space Park Leicester, offering high-tech facilities and capabilities building on the University of Leicester’s space excellence; Loughborough University Science and Enterprise Park, a dynamic innovation community with serviced development land opportunities; and Lutterworth East a trailblazing, sustainable housing and employment development.

Leicester is considered one of the best cities to do business in. Unrivalled transport links, a skilled and talented workforce of over 2.8 million within a 1-hour drive-time and one of Britain’s most attractive and cost-effective places to develop, own or lease property – presenting huge investment opportunities.

Insight for investors

  • Type of Investment Sought: Occupiers
  • Target Investor(s): Food manufacturing / distribution occupiers
  • Site Size: 9.96ha
  • Timescale: 2020-2030
  • Delivery Timescale: 1 – 5 years
  • Planning Status: Outline planning application submitted
Primary promoter

Benchmark Properties, Davidsons Developments Limited, Melton Borough Council