Framptons expansion to create 30 new jobs in Shepton Mallet
The expansion of Framptons in Shepton Mallet is to create at least 30 jobs for the town.
Plans to build an additional factory and office space on the land at Charlton Road have been given the green light by the planning authority, giving Framptons an extra 30,000 square feet of space and creating the new jobs for local people.
The filling station and shop that are currently on the site, the former GA Williams garage, closed on Friday, December 21, and the plan is to start the process of removing the buildings in the new year to make way for the new development.
The new facility will include a bottling hall, which will house up to four new filling lines, a purpose-built office area, staff canteen, distribution warehouse with HGV access, a reception area and parking for employees and visitors including cyclists.
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Photovoltaic panels on the roof will provide energy for the canteen and offices and there will be a rainwater harvesting facility on site.
The original factory on Charlton Road will remain and Framptons will continue to occupy Unit 1 and 2 on the Crowne Trading Estate, the current buildings have now reached full capacity but demand from customers meant that the company required additional filling lines, so up to four more will be incorporated on the new site. While planning approval has been applied for and granted, a final decision on the start date of the building configuration is yet to be made.
Allan Staples, commercial director at Framptons, said: “Framptons has been based in Shepton since the 1960s and it is important to us that we remain here and continue to support the local community.
“The new facility is crucial to the business growing, we require the extra space in order to meet customer demand.
“We are acutely aware of the impact our site could have on our residential neighbours and we work very close with the local community to ensure that any disruptions are kept to a minimum.
“The size of the new building has been designed in order to maximise our manufacturing potential, while ensuring it fits with the landscaping of the surrounding area and is environmentally sustainable.”