Up to 50 jobs will be created when an Albourne company moves to Sayers Common.
Avtrade, which specialises in the sale and lease of aircraft components, was recently granted planning permission to build new storage, distribution and office buildings on the former Stonegate Farm site by Mid Sussex District Council planners.
The site is currently occupied by a former egg production, storage, packaging and distribution facility that closed in 2004.
“The derelict buildings currently on this site are an eyesore and in desperate need of replacing,” said Cllr John de Mierre, cabinet member for Economic Development. “The new buildings will be much more attractive and the proposed landscaping work will help them to blend into the rural surroundings.
“Avtrade has outgrown its current premises in Albourne and I am delighted that our planning committee decision will help a local company to expand its business and continue to grow. This new development will significantly boost the Mid Sussex economy and create much needed jobs for local people.”
The new development will include a single storey warehouse, two new 2-storey office buildings, a small staff house and parking for 226 cars. The new buildings will be a similar height to the existing ones but will only occupy around 13,000 square metres of floorspace, which is around half the size of the previous development.
Avtrade has continued to grow and develop despite the difficult economic conditions.
It currently employs around 133 people at its headquarters at Aviation Business Park in Albourne.
More than 50 jobs will be created by the move to Sayers Common and the new buildings will have room to accommodate a further 115 employees should the business continue to grow.
Due to the size of the proposed development, the District Planning Committee decision has been referred to the Secretary of State. If it is not called-in then the council can formally issue planning approval for the scheme.
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