Expansion would create major jobs boost

Expansion would create major jobs boost

By Gareth Dennison | 19/08/2021

Expansion would create major jobs boost


A FOOD firm’s mothballed building will be reopened and expanded — creating 276 new jobs, under proposals sent to Rotherham Council.

Greencore UK is aiming to add nearly 2,000 sq metres of floorspace at its base on Mansfield Road, Wales.

The application relates to its Kiveton Kitchen building, which was previously given permission to expand in 2012.

But this never happened because of a decline in production requirements — and the building was mothballed in March 2019.

A statement with the new planning application says: “The newly acquired production and supply demands require that additional production and storage space be provided for the manufacturer of Greencore ready meals.

“The proposed extension to the Kiveton Kitchen building is to house new manufacturing lines and accompanying production, preparation and storage areas.

“The nature of ready meal production requires separation of product and staff at various stages of manufacture, so additional changing and amenities are proposed.

“The layout of the proposed extension has been designed to accommodate the manufacturing lines and processes along with servicing requirements.”

If approved, the proposals would mean an increase in the workforce from 613 to 889 full-time positions.

The development would include a staff link bridge to the on-site bakery, as well as an ancillary plant and storage spaces.

The proposals would mean a decrease in parking spaces by 22 to 333, according to the planning application.

Public consultation is open until August 27. A decision will be made by RMBC’s planning board at a date to be fixed.

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