Homebuilder snaps up former Ripon timber yard

A former Ripon timber yard has been sold to house builder Red Tree Developments for an undisclosed sum.

Red Tree plans to develop the  0.64 acres site on Trinity Lane for residential use.

The site was sold by the UK Development and Residential team at CBRE in Manchester on behalf of Cairngorm Capital – owners of North Yorkshire Timber who closed their Ripon branch.

Sitting within the settlement boundary of Ripon, North Yorkshire and the Ripon Conservation Area, the site was formerly occupied by timber merchants which ceased trading in 2018.

The site is bound by terraced houses and the Zion Evangelical Church to the west, terraced housing to the south, St Wilfrid’s Church adjacent to the east and  the Grade II Listed Holy Trinity Church of England Infant School to the north fronting Trinity Lane.

The site comprises a two-storey brick built building with pitched roofs totalling circa 100,000 sq ft with a storage yard.  It is well connected, being close to J40 of the A1 motorway with easy access via Dishforth Road, around 4 miles to the East of Trinity Lane. Harrogate is just 12 miles south of Trinity Lane and can be accessed via the A61.

“The site is ripe for high quality residential development in a prime area close to the Yorkshire Dales in an area of outstanding natural beauty famous for its three peaks and deep valleys,” said Jessica Coombes, Associate Director of CBRE.

“It is also within walking distance of Ripon town centre with its wealth of services and amenities including doctor and dental surgeries and the Duck Hill shopping quarter.

“With excellent schools nearby, including Ripon Grammar and the Holy Trinity Junior School and a close-knit community feel, it is ideally placed for residential use.”