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Octopus Real Estate provides £18.3 million facility for major development site in the heart of York

14 Jul 2020

Octopus Real Estate, part of Octopus Group and a leading UK specialist real estate lender and investor, has agreed to provide Heworth Green Developments, under the North Star banner, with an £18.3 million facility secured against a major development site in the heart of York.

The 8.95-acre former National Grid site has planning consent for 607 homes, as well as consent for retail or community use floorspace.

The facility will be used to refinance current debt, acquire the remaining part of the site, and finance the ground works and removal of a decommissioned gas holder. Work will start on the development later this month with the remediation and infrastructure works, allowing the construction of the new homes on the site to follow this. 

The site is part of a major brownfield development close to amenities – just north of York’s city-centre, a short walk from York Minster and a 25-minute walk from York train station. With extensive communal and private open spaces, the scheme offers a unique opportunity in York for future residents.

The £18.3 million facility is the next funding milestone in the £85 million GDV development journey. Moda Living has exchanged contracts for the PRS element of the site, the first PRS scheme in York, while North Star will continue to develop 215 open market sale units. 

Ludo Mackenzie, Head of Commercial Property at Octopus Real Estate, said:

“The Heworth site is the largest residential development opportunity in York. It has taken many years to get to a position where works can commence, and we are proud to be involved.”

A spokesperson for North Star commented:

Securing this funding deal is another major milestone in the project.  The journey to transform this large, brownfield site into a vibrant new community has taken over 18 months so far and we are very excited to see it now coming to fruition. This will now enable us to start construction works on the site, and the first step will be to remediate the site which will start very shortly. Our aim is to create a high-quality sustainable development that York can be proud of and we are committed to delivering the development, even in these challenging times.”

Tom Frank from Ice Cubed Commercial Finance acted as the adviser.

Tom Frank, Managing Director, Ice Cubed Commercial Finance, commented: 

“Arranging the finance on this development has been complex, especially in the current challenging conditions. Successful closing of the deal is testament to our close relationship with Octopus Real Estate and the client. We are very proud to play our part in delivering this fantastic high-quality development so close to our York office.”


For journalists in their professional capacity only. Personal opinions may change and should not be seen as advice or a recommendation. Octopus Real Estate is the trading name of Octopus Property Lending Ltd (Reg No 7531926), Bridgeco Ltd (Reg No 6629989), Fern Trading Ltd (Reg No 6447318), Nino Ltd (Reg No 9015082), Octopus Healthcare Adviser Ltd (Reg 09082100), Octopus Healthcare Development Ltd (Reg No 03788979) and Octopus Co-Lend Limited (Reg No 8913299), all registered in England & Wales at: 33 Holborn, London, EC1N 2HT, and Octopus Real Estate S.ar.l. (Reg No B189290) registered in Luxembourg at: 412F, Route d’Esch, Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, 2086, Luxembourg. Octopus Co-Lend Ltd, Octopus Healthcare Adviser Ltd and Octopus Property Lending Ltd are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Issued by Octopus Real Estate. Issued July 2020.