2 Sisters plans extension of Carlisle site

By James Ridler contact

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2 Sisters has submitted plans to extend its Carlisle site
2 Sisters has submitted plans to extend its Carlisle site
2 Sisters Food Group has submitted proposals to extend its Cavaghan & Gray factory in Carlisle to the local council.

If approved, the plans would see the manufacturer install a 195m2 ​single storey extension to house a new chiller unit and a 900m2 ​infill between the two existing building on the site to house additional production space and storage.

Also included in the application were plans for two new dock levellers and the installation of three new windows in the existing building.

2 Sisters’ proposals

The design and access statement, submitted by Ashwood Design Associates on behalf of 2 Sisters, said existing access to the site would not be altered as part of the proposals.

2 Sisters played down the planned changes at the Carlisle factory, attributing the application to a simple internal reconfiguration at the site.

News of the proposed extensions at the Carlisle site provided a positive counterbalance to coverage, highlighting that 900 jobs were at risk at a number of 2 Sisters-owned businesses over the past month.

Earlier this month, the meat and poultry processor announced it was to close its Cambuslang site in Scotland, with the loss of 450 jobs.

‘Extensive period of consultation’

A spokesman at the time said the decision followed an “extensive period of consultation” ​with its colleagues and external agencies.

We have been trying extremely hard to reverse the position for a considerable period of time. We have invested several million pounds since 2014 and expanded by taking on more people, yet it is still a heavily loss-making operation.​​”

Meanwhile, at the end of last month, up to 400 jobs were put at risk​ at Grimsby-based fish processor Five Star Fish, after owner 2 Sisters Food Group revealed plans to enter into consultation with colleagues and customers at the “loss-making site”.

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