New creamery will create up to 30 jobs

By Gwen Ridler

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Plans for a £14M cheese factory will create 30 new jobs
Plans for a £14M cheese factory will create 30 new jobs

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Plans to build a £14M cheese factory in Bangor, north Wales, which will create up to 30 jobs have been recommended for approval by councillors.

A 4,237m2 ​, two story facility would be built on the Bryn Cegin industrial estate, along with a series of silos for the storage of milk and water.

The site would also feature a visitor centre and viewing gallery to help promote the factory’s products.

Developers Dafydd Wynne Finch and Rhys Williams already have 15M litres of milk available for processing from April next year, with plans to procure an additional 25M litres from local producers.

Volume of 40M litres

This would allow processing at the site to start with a volume of 40M litres from April 2018, with plans to increase processing volumes to 70M litres of milk a year.

Commenting on the proposal, Gwynedd planning officers said: “The development proposed makes appropriate use of a site designated for such uses and thus it is acceptable in principle.

“Consideration was given to all material issues raised during the consultation process including any objections received. However, it is not believed that the proposal is likely to cause any unacceptable detrimental impact in relation to relevant planning policies.”

The new creamery would be the first business to use the Bryn Cegin estate since its development for industrial use in 2005.

Create 1,600 jobs

The park has received more than £8.4M of funding from the EU and the former Welsh Development Agency, but has remained empty. It was anticipated that the park would create 1,600 jobs and generate £18M of additional investment.

A number of food and drink businesses have submitted planning applications in the past month.

Müller UK and Ireland Group has applied for planning permission to extend its Telford factory in a £40M investment​ – a move which would double its capacity and create 52 jobs.

Meanwhile, alcoholic beverage manufacturer Konings is to submit plans for a £35M expansion of its factory​ in Boxford, Suffolk, which will create up to 116 new jobs.

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