An engineering giant has submitted plans for a new factory to be built on green belt land at Ainley Top.
And Cummins Turbo Technologies says it has amended its original proposals for an 18,600sq metres plant following feedback from residents concerned about the impact of the development on Ainley Top village.
The turbocharger manufacturer, part of global power leader Cummins Inc, has submitted a planning application to Calderdale Council to develop a new world-class manufacturing facility on land bounded by Brighouse Road, New Hey Road and the M62.
Cummins said the application followed an extensive search to identify a site which would allow the business to maintain and strengthen its presence in the local area.
If approved, about 400 local jobs will relocate to the proposed new facility from the firm’s existing manufacturing site on St Andrew’s Road, Turnbridge.
Following a public consultation last year, a number of amendments have been made to the original proposals in order to address issues raised by members of the local community.
Changes to the proposals include reducing the overall width of the proposed facility by six metres, removing the upper deck of car parking and relocating the site entrance from New Hey Road to Brighouse Road and away from residential properties.
The application also seeks restrictions on heavy goods vehicle access through the village.
Mark Prior, Huddersfield turbo plant transformation director, said: “The new plant will allow us to continue our investment in manufacturing and skills in the region, enabling us to enhance our operations and supply chain capabilities, which are critical to the company’s short and long-term success.
“We have previously stressed that this site is the only site in the local area which meets our business requirements and that remains the case. We are committed to keeping our operation in the local community rather than moving jobs to another region or another country.”
Following a public consultation last year, a number of amendments have been made to the original proposals in order to address issues raised by members of the local community. The size of the plant has been reduced and access to and from the site will now be away from homes in the area.
Mr Prior said: “The public consultation with the local community provided some useful feedback, and demonstrated a good level of local support for our plans. However, some local residents highlighted a few areas of concern. We have taken the time to carefully consider the feedback received and consequently, sought to address these concerns by amending our proposals, where possible.”
Cummins is working with Thornhill Estates, owner of the land, to submit the planning application to Calderdale Council.
The new facility will replace Cummins’ manufacturing premises on the left side of St Andrew’s Road as you head towards the John Smith’s Stadium from Aspley. This will be demolished and the 24,000sq metres of land sold.
St Andrew’s Road will remain home to the firm’s technical centre and will continue to employ about 600 people in areas such as research and development, after-market operations and business support.