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Plans submitted for a new JCB factory

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: January 30, 2014

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A NEW JCB factory near Uttoxeter set to create 2,500 jobs is one step closer to being brought to life after detailed plans were submitted to planning chiefs.

The Rocester-based company has submitted a detailed planning application to East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee for the 32,000m2 factory in Beamhurst, which is set to replace its Rugeley Cab Systems facility.

The application, submitted by JCB Cab Systems, states the new facility will comprise of 560 car parking spaces, with 12 disabled bays, and 50 visitor spaces with three disabled spots.

It will also have a covered motorcycle shelter with space for 21 bikes and a covered cycle shelter for 30 bicycles as well as ecological and arboricultural enhancements.

The digger giant has revealed it wants to move from Rugeley to ensure the long term growth of JCB Cabs as the site has reached its expansion limits.

The application also states HGVs have to load and then unload to take goods across the road which is inefficient for production, traffic on the road through the factory is set to increase with new retail outlets and limited space is available to install new technology.

The company added that the scheme has been developed to create minimal visual impact of the site from the road, have accessible inclusive design, a healthy environment, natural light and fresh air, flexibility, acoustic performance, sustainable design and low maintenance.

The design and access statement concludes: “It is the intention of this proposal to provide a high quality development of a new CAB Systems factory enabling the relocation of the factory from the existing facility in Rugeley, providing expansion and sustaining employment for the local area.

“JCB, through this development, will exhibit a further strong, sustainable and forward thinking identity for this important global company with important links to this local context.

“The proposals will provide facilities and amenities for JCB to continue and achieve its business aims and targets within a positive state of the art manufacturing workplace environment.”

JCB first made the announcement back in December of its plans to open the new factory with the Chancellor George Osborne personally thanking the staff for ‘helping Britain move forward’.

Bosses at the multimillion pound company said the new facility will employ those currently working in the smaller Rugeley factory and create new jobs for East Staffordshire workers.

They said the larger facility will also allow JCB to produce cabs currently sourced from firms in Europe, saving on shipping costs and creating more jobs.

The plans will see the World Headquarters given an extra 126,000 sq ft of manufacturing space to increase hydraulic cylinder production.

At the big reveal, it was said that it is thought for every job JCB creates, three will emerge in its UK supply chain.

This leads to predictions of 7,500 new roles across the country by 2018.

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