A CASTLEWELLAN engineering firm is planning a major expansion that could create up to 12 new jobs.
Herron Engineering, a family run business that specialises in the construction of trailers for use in the agriculture and construction industries, is on the verge of securing planning permission for a major expansion at it’s Herron’s Road base near Leitrim.
The firm, which currently employs over 20 people, is looking to construct a new office block, research and development facilities, additional manufacturing capacity, a staff canteen and toilets.
Planners at Newry, Mourne and Down Council this week revealed they are recommending the development gets formal approval and the final decision will be taken by the council’s Planning Committee on April 26.
In a report to the committee, senior planners said taking account of the established nature of the business in the area “there can be no objections in principle to this use on this site.”
“While it is noted the extension to these premises is sizeable having account its location, which includes a hillside as a back, it is considered the works will not result in any significant additional impact on the character of this area or any nearby property,” said the report.
“It is considered the extension respects the size, scale, design and materials of the existing building, and will not adversely impact on any known feature of historic/ architectural interest.
“The proposed works will result in the creation of 12 extra staff, and also result in an increase in the persons and vehicles attracted to the site.
“The Planning Department recognises the significant economic benefits created by the existing business and also the role of Planning and the Council in facilitating the growth of business and growing the local economy where appropriate,” said the report.
“While it is acknowledged the works associated with this application are sizeable, on balance, it is considered the extension to the grounds, including proposed extension to the building, is of an appropriate size, scale and design whereby the landscape is able to absorb those works without resulting in any significant increased or unacceptable impact on any property or the character of the AONB area.”