Green light for £50m McLaren factory on Sheffield outskirts

An artist's impression of McLaren's new factory in Catcliffe.

An artist's impression of McLaren's new factory in Catcliffe.

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Councillors have approved plans to build a £50 million factory for supercar firm McLaren on the edge of Sheffield.

Members of Rotherham Council's planning board this week granted Harworth Group PLC permission to put up the 75,000 sq ft building at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Waverley.

McLaren will build its carbon-fibre chassis at the 50 million factory.

McLaren will build its carbon-fibre chassis at the 50 million factory.

The landowner will let the factory to McLaren, allowing the company to bring production of its carbon-fibre chassis to South Yorkshire in a deal that will create 200 jobs.

Iain Thomson, associate director, partnerships and communications at Harworth, said: "We're naturally delighted that we've received planning consent for this unit, marking the next exciting phase of development at the AMP."

Construction is due to start this year. The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre nearby will build prototypes ready to be delivered in the second half of the year.

Full production is expected to begin at the new factory by 2020.

Sheffield City Region has agreed to pay £12 million towards the project from its business investment fund.

The site is an Enterprise Zone benefiting from fast-track planning and tax breaks.

Chairman of the City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Sir Nigel Knowles said: “I’m delighted to see this progress.

“It’s absolutely fantastic to see McLaren coming to the north – the McLaren Composites Technology Centre will be the company’s first purpose-built facility outside its current campus in Surrey.

"The region's £12 million commitment to the £50 million project has been critical to ensuring McLaren could get the project off the ground.

“Strategic investment in projects which will create good quality employment is central to our target of creating 30,000 high value jobs and 6,000 new businesses.”

Aerospace giant Boeing plans to build its first factory in Europe in the area. Boeing Sheffield will make hi-tech components called actuators for aircraft in a plant set to stand on the Sheffield side of the Parkway.

Sheffield Council leader Julie Dore said: “McLaren Automotive’s move to the region has confirmed Sheffield City Region’s reputation as a world-leading centre of manufacturing excellence.

"It will bring hundreds of millions to the economy, create the company’s first-ever graduate trainee programme and create hundreds of new, highly-skilled jobs.

“It also shows what we can achieve working with the formidable research and development strengths of our two universities and our partners.

"The building of the McLaren Composites Technology Centre can now take place and represents an important part of the journey for the company, and for the region as a whole, keeping this highly-coveted scheme on the right track.”

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