An engineering firm is making more changes to its plans for a factory on green belt land at Ainley Top.
Cummins Turbo Technologies submitted proposals to Calderdale Council at the end of March for a world-class manufacturing centre on land bounded by Brighouse Road, New Hey Road and the M62 close to Ainley Top village.
If the plan is approved, about 400 jobs will transfer to the new facility from Cummins’ existing manufacturing site at St Andrew’s Road.
The company has already made alterations to its original plan in response to feedback from a public consultation .
Now it is undertaking further examination of the sloping site as part of efforts to lessen the visual impact of the development for the benefit of residents and employees.
People can now be seen working at the site.
A spokesman for the firm said: “Following our public consultation and having submitted our application at the end of February, we are making some changes in light of feedback on a number of points. We are conducting further ground examination on site in order to confirm the design detail which we are seeking agreement on through the planning process.
“In addition, we are revising some of the drawings which will incorporate changes to the ground work solutions using more natural materials to make them more in keeping with the wider natural surroundings, including some areas of green banking.
“We have also made some changes which will enhance the building’s appearance for the benefit of the local community and Cummins employees. We hope to have a decision on the revised plans in the coming months.”
Cummins selected the site at Ainley Top following an extensive search for a location which would allow the business to maintain and strengthen its presence in the local area. The company said the site was the only one in the local area that meets its needs.
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. Those buildings 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.