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Next steps for the new JCB factory

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A NEW factory which will create hundreds of new jobs in Uttoxeter could be started by the end of the year, it has been revealed.

Digger giant JCB was granted permission on Monday to build its new CAB Systems factory at Waterloo Farm, in Uttoxeter Road, Beamhurst, on Monday by East Staffordshire Borough Council’s planning committee.

Now, JCB bosses are preparing the tendering process so they can get started on transforming the factory, which will create 390 new jobs, into a reality.

The site will also include offices with delivery, storage and dispatch facilities.

A JCB spokesman told the Post and Times: “We are delighted to have gained planning permission.

“The tendering process for the project will now get under way and we aim to start building works later this year.”

Despite concerns from residents mainly to do with the increase in traffic and noise they will be subjected to, the committee agreed the factory should be given the go-ahead subject to conditions set out by the planning officer.

Lyn Oakden, who lives in Beamhurst, also commented the new factory would mean her family would lose its privacy as well as cause a nuisance through increase noise pollution and the dramatic increase in vehicles.

She said: “It is an agricultural and residential area and you have a duty to protect us from nuisances which would affect our way of life.”

David Oulsnam, of Uttoxeter Rural Parish Council, added the villages would not be able to cope with the increase in traffic as well as bring a danger to children who will be walking to and from school.

Grant Anderson, speaking on behalf of JCB, said: “The current site has a number of constraints to stop it from meeting the business needs.

“This factory will bring with it a significant number of benefits to JCB and the local economy as it will create 390 new jobs.

“This plan is part of the wider Staffordshire Plan which will create 2,500 jobs.

“We know this is a green field site but no other sites are available that would meet our needs.”

Councillors were also concerned about the increased traffic and noise pollution and added an additional recommendation for the wall around the site to help prevent the problem.

Councillor Colin Whittaker added that although he did welcome the new jobs, the heavy goods lorries going through the villages was a major cause for concern.

However, after discussing possible ways to reduce the noise pollution, the majority of the councillors agreed to the new factory and the benefits it would bring to the local economy.

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