A former limestone quarry in the Yorkshire Dales just outside Settle has been sold to a local buyer, in a deal negotiated by Dacres, and exciting plans are now in place to transform it into an industrial facility for the local area that’s in keeping with the Yorkshire Dales.
Giggleswick Quarry has been bought by Fox Taylor Properties. The company is headed up by Jeremy Taylor, who is behind the transformation of the Grade I listed Settle Town Hall into a successful mixed-use development of residential apartments, retail units and office space.
The 31-acre redundant quarry was previously owned and operated by construction materials giant Hanson UK, which closed the site more than 10 years ago after extracting all its reserves. The quarry is less than a mile away from Settle town centre and features stepped benches up to a height of approximately 100 feet, with a large flat area in the centre of the quarry’s void. It was also identified in the latest Yorkshire Dales National Park Local Plan as a site for business use.
Tom Galloway, who heads up our Settle office, said: “This is one of the most unusual properties we’ve ever handled. It has a dramatic appearance in a stunning location, at the southern end of Giggleswick Scar, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, but still within walking distance of all Settle’s amenities and its road and rail links, as well as offering easy access to Skipton and the M6.
“As a result, there was significant interest from a wide range of potential buyers and after considering various options, we’re delighted to agree this sale with Mr Taylor. There’s no doubt that with his local knowledge and successful experience of transforming Settle Town Hall, he can breathe new life into Giggleswick Quarry, creating something special that will benefit the local area.”
Jeremy Taylor said: “We’ll be taking a similarly sympathetic approach to the redevelopment of Giggleswick Quarry as we did with Settle Town Hall, which will be in keeping with the stunning surroundings of the Yorkshire Dales. Once complete it will offer a high quality and sustainable industrial facility for local business, as well as giving a redundant site a new lease of life and reducing the need to develop more greenfield land in the area.”