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New building at Cheadle transport firm MJS Transport could create 12 more jobs

By Cheadle Post and Times  |  Posted: August 22, 2014

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TWELVE more jobs could be created if the go ahead is given to the expansion of a haulage business.

MJS Transport of Woodhead Garage, Froghall Road, Cheadle, has submitted a planning application for an extension to its existing haulage and storage building.

The application proposes increasing the size of the site's existing warehouse building, which would boost floor space by 2,817 square metres.

The company has been operating on the site since 1988.

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A design and access statement produced on behalf of the applicant said: "The proposal represents an expansion of a local business that currently employs 36 people that will increase by 12 more jobs. It will increase floor space on the site by 2,817sq.m.

"The proposal is also likely to allow local manufacturing companies to increase manufacturing jobs in the local area. It is therefore considered to qualify for the 'red carpet' approach as set out in the Council's Positive Planning document, in that it involves significant employment.

"In accordance with Positive Planning, the applicant is willing to enter early negotiations on the proposal.

"The application proposes the erection of an extension to a modern warehouse building erected in 2010.

"The roof and walls are clad in profiled metal sheeting and the proposed building would match these materials.

"The site is located in an edge of town location and the existing site lies in the town boundary. The application site lies behind the existing site and in an area of countryside designated by the development plan as a Special Landscape Area and Green Belt."

The application states that the land which represents the application site is used for informal storage consisting largely of scrap metal, unused building materials and rubble.

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Cheadle's deputy mayor Neil Plant said the plans had not come before Cheadle Town Council, but personally he could not see any problem with the application.

He said: "The area is kept very clean and tidy and it is a well-run business.

"If approved, it would create 12 more jobs which are most welcome to the area.

"The business already employs a lot of people. The lorries have not cause any problems as most leave early in the morning.

"The business has been good for Cheadle as the owner has helped the town council at previous public events by bringing along vehicles. I wish the company well for the future."

It is expected that a decision will be made on the application by planners within the next eights weeks.

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