THE future of one of Huddersfield’s most famous industrial names could be settled this week.
Councillors will meet on Thursday to decide if David Brown Gears can move to a new site in Mirfield.
The application for the new factory on fields off Leeds Road is to be debated by the council’s planning and highways committee.
The famous Huddersfield firm wants to move more than half its current workforce to the new site, where it will build a global centre of excellence and a wind innovation centre in Mirfield.
The firm – which has been in Huddersfield for more than a century – will retain a base at Park Works, Lockwood.
But the new development between Leeds Road and Slipper Lane is regarded as key to the company’s future.
A vital part of Thursday’s debate will centre on traffic issues.
There have been concerns about vehicles going to and from the proposed new plant and also worries as to how workers will make the journey.
But conditions being proposed for the plan include cash contributions from David Brown to get improvements to roads and junctions in both Roberttown and Mirfield, a new pedestrian crossing in Leeds Road and the provision of a minibus service to ferry workers to and from the new site.
The plans already have the support of Kirklees Council’s Heavy Woollen Planning Sub-Committee.
A council spokesman said: “The proposed development will provide significant benefits to the economy of Kirklees and the wider region, with the creation of new jobs and the safeguarding of existing jobs”.