A top Huddersfield firm looking for a new site says Lindley Moor is being considered.

But Cummins Turbo Technologies have said that it’s one option they have as they look for a site for a new plant.

It comes as Kirklees Council relaunches its Local Plan which will identify sites for industry use.

Clr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Investment and Regeneration, spoke this week about the importance of the council doing what it can it can to support and encourage firms to remain local.

Jonathan Wood, Site Leader and Executive Director of Research and Engineering at Cummins, agreed, saying: “As a company with strong roots in Huddersfield and the surrounding area we agree with the importance of assisting businesses to relocate locally in order to keep investment and manufacturing within the region.

“Cummins is currently looking at potential sites in the local area for our new plant and Lindley Moor is one of the options being considered.”

They are in talks with developers Stirling Scotfield LLP regarding the Lindley Moor Road site which is subject to a planning application for an industrial site, as well as housing.

The application is yet to be decided by Kirklees councillors.

 

Clr Peter McBride said the council needed to be aware of the land needs for local companies with good transport links a key factor in where a firm is based.

He said: “We have had a number of firms wanting to relocate to more suitable premises.

“We worked with David Browns when they were interested in the Mirfield 25 site. We did the same with Sellers who relocated to Leeds Road.

“A couple of companies relocated down there and we worked with them to keep them local, but there is a lack of current, suitable land available now.

“There is a problem and we’re hoping to relocate Cummins, but clearly they will relocate where they find a piece of land that will meet their needs.

“We need to do what we can to encourage them to stay local. Ultimately, it is the staff and their skill set that is key, but sites are important.

“When you have companies like David Browns and Cummins we’ve got to be aware of their land needs.”