April 21, 2011
Highbridge firm's expansion could create 100 new jobs
Almost 100 jobs could be created if a Highbridge
company gets the go-ahead for a major expansion.
Isleport Foods has submitted a formal planning application to
Sedgemoor District Council to expand its factory on the Isleport
Bakkavor, the Icelandic fresh food manufacturer which owns the
site, said this week that it needs the extra space to fulfill
rising orders and wants to construct two extensions to its facilities
which may create 92 new jobs.
The new jobs would be created across four departments: goods
in and low risk, high risk, packing and despatch and office.
plans, which have this week won the backing of Burnham and Highbridge
Town Council's Planning Applications Committee, would see the
number of staff at the factory increase to a total of 398.
In its planning, design and access statement for Bakkavör,
consultancy firm RPS Group said the extension to the main unit
alone would increase factory space by 1,200 square metres while
a proposed goods-in extension would cover 690 square metres.
"In recent years, the existing facility has outgrown its
capacity and operational efficiency requirements. So improvements
are required to the existing buildings in order to provide for
the growing levels of demand and necessary output, for the applicants
[Bakkavörs] range of produce," says the statement.
RPS said the proposed improvements "will not only benefit
the applicant but the wider area, given that it will not only
secure the long term future of the existing jobs provided by the
facility, but also create new employment opportunities."
Highbridge councillor Chris Williams, who was among the town
councillors who voted in favour of the proposals, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"We are very much in favour of this scheme, which will create
much-needed new jobs in Highbridge. It is good to see this major
employer seeking to expand."
Sedgemoor District Council will have the final say on whether
the planning application gets the go-ahead, but no issues were
raised by the town council.