A HUNDRED jobs will be created at a new office block near Huddersfield town centre.
Council planners yesterday gave permission to FMG Support to build a four-storey headquarters on St Andrew’s Road.
The vehicle management company will employ 500 people at the new site, including 400 staff who will move from FMG’s old headquarters further up St Andrew’s Road.
Kirklees Council’s Huddersfield Planning Sub-committee yesterday approved the new headquarters on 0.8 hectares of the council-owned car park on the corner of St Andrew’s Road and Turnbridge Road.
The natural stone building will have 5,986 sq m of floorspace and 254 parking spaces.
Sub-committee member Clr Adrian Murphy spoke in favour of the plan. The Kirkburton Conservative said: “I welcome the creation of new jobs. It’s a stone’s throw from the town centre so hopefully the staff can use the bus and train services.”
Clr Peter McBride also supported the plan, but raised concerns about extra traffic.
The Dalton Labour man said: “I’m concerned about developments on the Leeds Road corridor as it’s the second most-used road in Kirklees.
“Congestion on Leeds Road is building up and this development will add to that. We need to encourage more public transport in that area.”