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Sunday, 23 November 2014

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Hundreds of jobs could be created at planned industrial units in Carlisle

Hundreds of jobs could be created at 26 new industrial units at Durranhill Industrial Estate in Carlisle.

Boparan Holdings, the ultimate parent company of ready meals firm Cavaghan & Gray, hopes to develop a strip of land alongside the railway between the Cavaghan & Gray factory and Eastern Way.

This land is currently disused or utilised as parking for HGV trailers.

An outline planning application lodged with Carlisle City Council suggests there would be up to 96,000sq ft of floorspace in 26 units, with parking for 200 cars.

Entry would be along the factory’s existing access road from Brunel Way.

The application seeks light industrial, general industrial or storage/distribution use for the units, making them suitable for a wide variety of businesses.

Nobody from the company was available for comment.

But the planning application indicates that the intention is to win in-principle approval for development.

The units could then be offered to potential occupiers before detailed plans are confirmed.

The planning application has been tabled by a Boparan Holdings’ subsidiary, Amber Real Estate Investments.

Birmingham-based Amber is a property investment and development business with more than 21m sq ft of property and an annual turnover of £500m.

Boparan’s 2 Sisters Food Group bought Cavaghan & Gray as part of a £342m takeover of Northern Foods in 2011.

Meanwhile, efforts are being stepped up to attract new businesses to the old Border TV site at Durranhill.

The TV studios, which closed in 2009, were flattened along with Hewden Plant Hire’s premises after Carlisle City Council received a grant from the old Northwest Regional Development Agency to buy the land for redevelopment.

But attempts to attract businesses onto the vacant 2.37-acre plot have drawn a blank.

Under the terms of the grant, the council was supposed to redevelop it by June last year.

The Government’s Homes and Communities Agency has given the council more time and approved a top-up grant for improvements to make the vacant site more attractive to inward investors.

These improvements include new signage, landscaping and fencing on Brunel Way, redesigned entrances, better footpaths, further site investigations, a marketing plan and proposals for a second access from Eastern Way.

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