Factory given nod to create 400 jobs

Askern UK Ltd's managing director Tony Veater.
Askern UK Ltd's managing director Tony Veater.
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DELIGHTED factory bosses are looking for new work after plans which could create up to 400 jobs were given the go-ahead.

Askern UK Ltd, which manufactures wooden cable drums, has been given backing for its plans to re-build its factory and build up to 220 houses on another part of the site to fund the scheme.

The project is now expected to create another 100 jobs at the factory itself, with up to another 300 on the rest of the site on business starter units, shops, and a family pub.

But the firm has been told it must put in place measures to prevent the scheme causing drainage problems in the town, after residents warned of existing problems with water from drains and run-off in the area.

The news the company can go ahead with the scheme comes three years after its plans were first submitted to Doncaster Council.

The company’s finance director Lynda Batty said: “We are delighted with the planning approval, which is a superb result for Askern UK Limited and the wider community.

“We are presently tendering for work in Oman, Holland and Germany and the new processes will further boost our export potential.

“The new factory will enable us to be more competitive and regain our former position as Europe’s leading cable drum manufacturer.”

The scheme was given the green light by Doncaster Council’s planning committee after concerns had been raised about the potential effect of building more houses on the drainage system.

Askern ward councillor Austin White warned Yorkshire Water had already said the current system was unable to cope with the current levels of water generated by homes and rainfall.

And resident Colyn Firth told councillors of the extent of overflow he had seen in the sewers since 2007. He said he had bought a pump which moves nearly a tonne of water per minute, which he had needed to use four times since the great floods of 2007.

Other complications with the site included concerns about part of it having previously used for landfill. Tests had been carried out to make sure it was safe, said the company’s planning agent Chris Calvert.

He said the scheme had also been assessed for mitigation of floodwater by organisations including the Environment Agency and Yorkshire Water.

The company must have its drainage plans approved before building work gets underway, as a condition of the planning permission which was granted.