Expansion scheme for park

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Plans to expand the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Catcliffe have been unveiled by Harworth Estates.

The company wants to clear and level 12 acres of scrubland at the north east end of the site so that it can be combined with 30 acres of development land to create a single site as big as the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

If Rotherham Council gives Harworth the go ahead, it would bring the size of the total AMP site up to 164 acres – all within the new Enterprize Zone, agreed earlier this year by the Government.

At present, the AMP covers 40 acres and Rolls-Royce is developing factories on a further 32 acres, while three separate sites along Highfield Spring provide a further 50 acres of land, which are available for development.

Development manager Duncan Armstrong-Payne says the addition of the boomerang shaped piece of scrubland would create a squarer plot that would be more marketable andattractive to large manufacturing groups than the current curved plot.

Harworth says in its planning application to Rotherham Council that the project would “create an opportunity for the AMP to extend and accommodate further businesses. Such and extension would form part of the existing AMP, which is fast becoming a high profile business destination and is attracting major employers to the area. It is envisaged that the application site will be a highly desirable location for businesses to either relocate or start up.

“Future development on this site will complement existing and consented development to the east of the site by broadening the range of employment provision and increasing job opportunities to help support and sustain the broader economy of the area.

“This will bring additional economic growth and employment opportunities for the AMP and assist in delivering further regeneration of the Waverley site.”

If Rotherham Council gives the go ahead, work on clearing and levelling the scrub land could be completed in a matter of months.