Go-ahead for Bells ex­pan­sion

Wishaw Press - - MAKING THE GRADE -

An ex­pan­sion of a thriv­ing Shotts busi­ness has been given the green light by coun­cil plan­ners.

Plans by Bells to change the use of a va­cant build­ing at their base in Shottskirk Road in or­der to ex­tend their bak­ery busi­ness was of­fi­cially rat­i­fied by the coun­cil’s plan­ning depart­ment last week.

Bells fi­nance di­rec­tor Sa­man­tha Mur­ray said: “We are de­lighted to have now re­ceived fi­nal plan­ning ap­proval for this project.

“The ex­pan­sion of our ex­ist­ing Dykehead Bak­ery will pro­vide sig­nif­i­cant ad­di­tion to our cake and pas­try man­u­fac­tur­ing ca­pac­ity.

“In do­ing so we will cre­ate an ad­di­tional 10 to 15 per­ma­nent jobs upon project com­ple­tion in around 18 to 24 months.”

Last year, Bells an­nounced it was to in­vest £500,000 in the busi­ness by cre­at­ing the ded­i­cated cake bak­ery.

At that time, the com­pany’s man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ron­nie Miles said: “The in­vest­ment in a ded­i­cated cake bak­ery is the lat­est in a pro­gramme of cap­i­tal ex­pen­di­ture and new prod­uct de­vel­op­ment across our sweet, savoury and pas­try busi­nesses.”

There were no ob­jec­tions to the pro­pos­als from mem­bers of the pub­lic.

The coun­cil re­port states: “The pro­posal is to link the two build­ings by way of a con­nect­ing cor­ri­dor and to re-clad and ex­tend the smaller former stor­age de­pot in length west­wards within the yard to cre­ate a dry goods stor­age area.

“The ex­ten­sion will re­sult in some of the yard which could be used as po­ten­tial park­ing space be­ing lost.

“The ap­pli­ca­tion pro­poses eight lined- out park­ing spa­ces how­ever the ad­ja­cent street has no park­ing re­stric­tions.

“The pro­posed con­ver­sion and ex­pan­sion of the in­dus­trial build­ing is con­sid­ered to be ac­cept­able and will not de­tract from the amenity of the ap­pli­ca­tion site or the sur­round­ing area.”

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