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Ingenium Parc

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Ingenium Parc is a development site situated on Salters Lane near Yarm Road. It is set to become Darlington’s premier location for industrial development in the borough.

The project will cost £5,000,000.

It will provide highway improvements enabling infrastructure and ecological mitigation at Ingenium Parc. It will support Darlington’s growing economy. The Local Growth Fund (LGF) and the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) will fund the project. This investment will lead to the development of up to 100,00sqm of employment space. and will also lead to over 2000 jobs by 2036.

Where is it?

It covers an area of 40 hectares off Salters Lane near Yarm Road.

It is close to many established advanced manufacturing and engineering businesses. For example, Cummins Engines and Cleveland Bridge. With road connections to the North and South (via the A1(M)) and from the East to the West (via the A66).

It also has fast connections from London to Edinburgh via the East coast mainline from Bank Top station. The site is ideally placed to support manufacturing, engineering, logistics and distribution sectors.

What's the plan?

A comprehensive master-plan [pdf document] will guide the future development of the site. It will outline the opportunities and constraints that the site will present.

This will then help expose the ambitions of the Council to create an attractive environment and a great place to do business.

an aerial plan of Ingenium Parc

Ingenium Parc’s master-plan will be spread across three different phases and will unlock the development’s potential of the site.

Initially it will open up 11 hectares of land ready for the development of employment land. This will create up to 1,000 jobs by 2021. To realise Darlington Borough Council’s vision for the phase 1 key improvements the site will include:

McMullen Road Roundabout and Salters Lane Cycle Route

The project will link to planned investment announced by Highways England to reduce traffic and congestion at the A66 Morton Palms Roundabout.

This part of the project will provide 2 lanes on each of the roads at the roundabout (except the access route to the retail park). There will also be 2 lanes round the roundabout which will help more vehicles use the roundabout every hour.

Enabling Infrastructure

The installation of infrastructure and services will include the creation of Spine Road into the site.

The establishment of ecological mitigation zones and the installation of on-site utilities will allow the creation of up to 45,000 sqm commercial floor space. It will also allow up to 1000 jobs to be created in 2021


The Council recognises the ecological biodiversity of the site and the nature reserve.

We have worked closely with Natural England to mitigate any loss and to enhance the biodiversity and natural habitats on the site. Within each individual plot the opportunity to create enhanced habitats that will link the opposite mitigation areas will also be encouraged. These will be through Reserved Matters applications[external link].

Furthermore, the infrastructure that is to be created will be designed to allow public access and balance the needs of people who may enjoy the spaces it creates.

Two consultation events on the Council’s plan for Ingenium Parc were held in September 2016. One was for the residents and the other was for the businesses. You can view the outcomes in the Ingenium Parc Consultation Report [pdf document].

The first development plots were made available from 2019/20 and businesses/investors interested in the site should contact the Council’s Business Investment Team 

Any comments or queries can be emailed to [email protected] or posted to Economic Projects Team, Town Hall, Darlington, DL1 5QT. 

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