Rolls-Royce set for expansion

Rolls-Royce has been granted planning permission for a second factory at the world-leading Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Rotherham Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the plans for the site at Catcliffe.

Construction of the engineering firm’s first factory at the park is already under way, with building work having been launched by Business Secretary Vince Cable in June.

In its application, Rolls-Royce said it decided to build the facilities in Rotherham because of the availability of people with the required skills, links with suppliers from the region and good links to other parts of the UK.

Outline planning permission for the second facility was granted in December 2011 but the entire proposals had to be resubmitted after Rolls- Royce decided it needed a larger site.

Rolls-Royce will use its base at the Advanced Manufacturing Park to create turbine blade castings for its Trent engines, which are used to power civilian aircraft including the giant Airbus A380 aircraft.

The first blades will be produced in late 2014.