A British manufacturer has submitted plans to build a new helicopter manufacturing plant and global headquarters in Cresswell, Staffordshire.
The multi-million pound investment is expected to create hundreds of jobs and deliver significant and wide-ranging economic, social and environmental benefits to the local area.
Hill Helicopters is hoping to hire hundreds of new recruits as plans are laid out for its new proposed global headquarters on land at Blythe Park, in Cresswell.
Outline planning permission has already been granted for “industrial, storage and residential development,” however, the company has also submitted plans for a “flagship building, providing 32,490 square metres of manufacturing, storage, distribution and office floorspace, as well as service yards, a testing area and staff parking.”
According to the application, the development will deliver “significant and wide-ranging economic, social and environmental benefits to the local area” such as the “creation of jobs, both at the plant and in the supply chain elsewhere.”
Hill Helicopters expects to build at least 250 units a year from next summer, ramping up to 500 within three years, and eventually reaching 1,000 a year.
The company says the Blythe Park site is the ‘ideal location’ for its global headquarters due to it being situated next to flat, open land, which would support the take-off and landing of helicopters, including during flight tests.
The planning application states:
“The Blythe Bridge site is considered to be a good fit for Hill Helicopters with excellent access to the site for single engine helicopters in uncontrolled airspace, in addition to arrival and departure corridors that will support effective noise abatement. Hill Helicopters will work with local authorities to develop approved flight corridors and noise abatement measures to ensure its activities have the least impact on existing occupiers, residents, and the surrounding area.”