Factory 2050 plan set to be approved

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AMRC Factory 2050 is expected to create 162 construction jobs and employ 60 people when it is fully operational, plans show.

The University of Sheffield wants to build a £43m manufacturing research facility on the former Sheffield City Airport.

A report to be examined by Sheffield City Council’s planning committee this week, states that the economic benefits of the scheme outweigh any harm from developing the site. It is recommended for approval but will still need further approval from communities secretary Eric Pickles as it involves building on the green belt.

A contribution of £7,500 towards the M1 junction 34 relief road will also be required.

The scheme is designed to meet the needs of aerospace and other high-value manufacturing industries. Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce, BAE Systems and Spirit AeroSystems are all committed to supporting the project.

The creation of the AMRC Factory 2050 is supported by a £10m grant from the Research Partnership Investment Fund, managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

Based on the Sheffield Business Park, The AMRC Factory 2050 will join a network of research centres.