A £4 million galvanising plant could be built in Haverhill as a company looks to move its operations to the town from neighbouring Saffron Walden.
Acrow Galvanising, now part of the Wedge Group, has applied to St Edmundsbury Council to build the galvanising plant and offices in Piperall Way.
The West Midlands firm, which has 14 plants across the UK, withdrew plans to erect a replacement building for the plant and provide HGV access to the road in 2009 and then revised the plans again later that year and saw them granted, and last December applied to erect the plant and offices.
The £4 million development would employ for 11 workers per shift plus nine office staff and two daily visitors, and although the firm plans to bring the Saffron Walden workforce to the Haverhill plant it also hopes to expand and thus offer more jobs locally.
“We hope to be able to expand, and much of our workforce comes from the Haverhill area already,” said a spokesman.
Last Tuesday (January 7) Haverhill Town Council’s planning committee heard the plans and raised concerns about the emissions from the site.
Councillors recommended to the borough that a COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) assessment ought to be carried out as dangerous chemicals would be dealt with.
Neither Environmental Health nor ramblers have opposed the plans.
Planning officer Gemma Pannell has yet to offer a recommendation of the plans.
The firm has 150 years’ experience in the industry and no products will be manufactured at the new plant.
It would be open 6am to 10pm Monday to Thursday (moving to 24 hours), 6am to 6pm Fridays (moving to until midnight), and 6am to midday at weekends when demand requires.
It will produce a hot dip galvanised finish on pre-fabricated steel components, forming a protective coating on steel.
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