Planning applications to be submitted next month

Rolls Royce intends to develop two new factories in Rotherham with construction due to start early next year. The engineering firm will submit planning applications for the projects to Rotherham Council next month.

One of the factories will design and manufacture internal components for the next generation of the UK’s nuclear power stations. The second plant will produce high-tech turbine blades for jet aircraft engines.

Both factories are expected to employ around 180 workers and will be built at the Advanced Manufacturing Park on the Sheffield-Rotherham border.

Rolls Royce chose the AMP site following a nationwide search for suitable locations.

The planning applications include provisions for a third factory, allowing for possible future expansion of manufacturing.  

If given the green light, the project is scheduled to be completed by 2013 with operations likely to begin soon after. Rolls Royce plan to undertake a period of public consultation with local residents and nearby businesses.