Engineering firm’s move to Mirfield Moor site is scrapped

Engineering firm’s move to Mirfield Moor site is scrapped

AN ENGINEERING firm has scrapped its controversial move to Mirfield in a blow for Kirklees Council chiefs.

David Brown has announced that they will not be creating a wind turbine centre on part of the Mirfield25 site.

The Huddersfield company revealed instead plans to expand their Lockwood base, which the council part own.

Land totalling 11 acres of David Brown’s 17-acre home is being leased back to the firm at market rates.

Kirklees offered the deal after the company threatened to leave the area, taking hundreds of jobs with them.

David Brown were due to receive a government grant to help fund their Mirfield move, which also sparked a planning row.

A spokeswoman for David Brown said: “We will no longer be relocating part of our operations to Mirfield.”

Coun Vivien Lees-Hamilton (Con, Mirfield) said the decision highlights the folly of the council’s Local Development Framework (LDF).

She said: “The land at Mirfield Moor has been available for use since 1999 and yet Kirklees can’t fill it.”

Coun Lees-Hamilton also raised questions about the government grant and Kirklees Council’s ownership of part of their site.

Steve Watson, managing director at David Brown Europe, said the switch was due to moves into traditional energy markets.

The firm has won orders from the oil and gas sectors plus metals and mining, meaning they want to stay put.

He said: “We are building on our established presence in defence while driving future growth by in other expanding markets such as oil.

“After considering all the options we have decided to invest significantly in the modernisation of our historic facility.

“We’d like to thank the council and the government for their support. It has actively facilitated our move into new markets.”

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