Backing for JM bid

PUBLISHED: 12:38 10 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

PLANS for the development of a production building at the Johnson Matthey plant have the backing of Royston Town Council. The scheme will see the new building linked to an existing production building, a warehouse and a technical building. Work will start

PLANS for the development of a production building at the Johnson Matthey plant have the backing of Royston Town Council.

The scheme will see the new building linked to an existing production building, a warehouse and a technical building.

Work will start when single-storey buildings on the site in Orchard Road are demolished.

The scheme will provide 88 parking spaces.

Members of the planning committee, however, were concerned about the loss of the company's sports ground on the site which will disappear as part of the development.

The company has said it is willing to be part of a planning agreement under which it will help towards paying for new sporting facilities.

Cllr Rod Kennedy said, however, that any planning "deal" with Johnson Matthey and North Herts District Council should not include cash that the company's social club has earmarked for the development of an all-weather pitch.

- Members supported a plan to build four detached three-bedroom homes at Grange Bottom, Royston.

An original scheme had been rejected when plans were submitted for five properties on the site.

- The planning committee said it could not support a scheme to demolish Heath House in Princes Mews, Royston.

A previous application had been submitted to develop housing on the site.

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