DOZENS of new jobs will be created at a Gloucestershire manufacturing business after plans were approved to extend its factory.
Nicholas Tee, chairman of Injection Mouldings in Staverton, is delighted that his bid has finally been approved after it was previously turned down three times.
He said the extension will be a big step for the businesses future.
'It means finally we can expand the whole business. We have continued to expand but this will be a major step for us,' he said. 'We have had to move production into another warehouse and relocate it temporarily so we will now be able to focus ourselves again.”
'The maximum compliment of staff we will add is 63.”
'That won't be instant but it will start from now.'
Tewkesbury Borough Council had rejected Mr Tee's bid to construct an industrial and storage building on land adjacent to Unit C, The Staverton Connection in Gloucester Road, twice before and it was also refused at appeal.
In July 2010, Mr Tee criticised council officers saying they were turning their backs on new jobs by refusing to allow him to extend his factory. But the council said it was refused because of concerns that the land was green belt.
At the council's planning committee meeting on Tuesday revised plans were given the go-ahead – because of a need for jobs in the area.
The firm, which makes plastic packaging, containers and buildings products, currently employs 23 people.
Mr Tee, who started his company in 1994 and moved to the Staverton Connection business park four years later, said: 'We have re-designed the building and made it smaller.”
'It has been a lot of time and effort but I am very pleased that we can get on with it now. We have designed a number of products and have started work on them.”
'We can move on to manufacturing them as soon as this new factory is built.'
It is hoped that work on the new building would begin at the site this year and that it would completed by spring/summer 2012.
Tewkesbury Borough Council's Planning Committee chair Councillor John Evetts said: 'The committee took the view to permit this application as they felt, particularly in the current economic climate, that the economic benefits outweighed the greenbelt concerns.'