Green flag for expansion at M-Sport base in Dovenby
Last updated at 15:16, Friday, 14 March 2014
Plans for a multi-million-pound expansion of M-Sport’s Dovenby Hall complex, near Cockermouth, have been welcomed by local people.
The rally business wants to move into road cars and build a research, development and testing operation.
It is part of a 10-year masterplan which could also see a top-class 60-bedroom hotel and 25 homes built on the edge of the estate.
The development could create up to 100 jobs.
Around 200 people attended a consultation at M-Sport on Monday and feedback was generally positive.
David Bell, owner of The Ship Inn at Dovenby, said: “It will bring people to the area, it will create more homes and jobs. The whole scheme looks great.
“Anything that Malcolm Wilson does, he does right. It’s a credit to him.”
David Robinson, a farmer in Dovenby, said: “I have nothing against the plans at all. Malcolm Wilson has helped put West Cumbria on the world map and I am very proud of him.”
Plans include the erection of a single wind turbine to produce power for the Dovenby estate and new offices, as well as support buildings.
The development will centre on a 117,327sq ft M-Sport Evaluation Centre that will develop, test and evaluate vehicles for the roads.
Malcolm Wilson, M-Sport managing director, said: “Our staff are really excited about the future opportunities that will be available to them.
“They realise the significance for the area in terms of boosting the economy and creating long-term, sustainable employment opportunities.
“The plans will allow us to take M-Sport to the next level and really cement our future, but also provide exciting career opportunities for our employees and further enhance economic benefits for the local supply chain and wider community.”
Workington MP Sir Tony Cunningham said: “I very much welcome the investment and the jobs that will be created.
“ I want to work closely with the company to ensure that it fits in well with the community.”
M-Sport will review the feedback from the consultation before submitting a planning application to Allerdale council.
First published at 15:13, Friday, 14 March 2014
Published by http://www.timesandstar.co.uk
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