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David Brown gets green light for new research complex

Plans for a cutting-edge research centre for Huddersfield engineering firm David Brown have been approved.

Kirklees Council Planning and Highways Committee yesterday granted permission for David Brown Gears to build a Centre For Excellence and wind engineering research facility off Leeds Road, at Mirfield.

The plan was approved unanimously by a panel of councillors and is expected to create up to 150 jobs. It will be used to develop offshore wind turbines and other innovations, whilst also being used as a training and educational facility.

Thanks to the green light, the firm will now be able to work on a major project developing wind turbines for a company in the Far East.

Some 270 of the firm’s 450 current employees will be moved to the new facility, while 180 will stay at their original site across town.

Welcoming the decision David Browns Director Wayne Ball said: "We are delighted that planning permission has been granted for our new facility in Mirfield.

"Since our foundation in Huddersfield more than 150 years ago, David Brown has become an integral part of the local landscape and community.

"Given the current global economic challenges we have a crucial business need to move to new premises that will help us accommodate both the future growth plans and ensure we deliver the efficiencies necessary to safeguard our future in the UK.

"Now part of a global organisation, we are still committed to developing David Brown in the region and are working hard to build and re-position ourselves to ensure a stronger future in a growing and competitive global market place.

"The new facility will provide specialist research, development and manufacturing capabilities and enable a step-change in productivity and operational effectiveness for David Brown.”

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