Door manufacturer Solidor is preparing to move into a huge new warehouse in Stoke-on-Trent.
The company – which employs more than 200 staff – is currently based across four separate buildings in Smithpool Road and Grove Road in Fenton.
But it is looking to relocate to a bigger factory so it can expand its manufacturing capacity – and create 20 new jobs.
Now plans have been approved for the company’s brand new 13,000 sq ft warehouse and offices at G-Park Stoke in Meir Park.
Planning permission for a new warehouse on the Whittle Road site was granted in 2018, but a new, updated application was submitted to Stoke-on-Trent City Council for a purpose-built warehouse for Solidor.
Developer GLP UK Ltd says the development will create new jobs and help to safeguard Solidor’s position as a leading manufacturer in the city.
A planning statement said: “This previously developed site is situated in an existing industrial area where the principle of a manufacturing and warehouse use would be in accordance with the aims and aspirations of adopted development plan policies.
“It would bring much needed employment to the local community, assist with the expansion plans of a local company based within Stoke-on-Trent and regenerate an unsightly parcel of land.”
Solidor’s new warehouse is being built on land previously home to the Johnson Matthey Ceramics factory which was demolished in 2002.
The facility will accommodate the business’ whole manufacturing process, as well as a 150-space car park.
Once complete, all existing Solidor employees will be transferred to the new factory.
Councillor Abi Brown, leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council and ward councillor for Meir Park, has welcomed the plans.
She said: “I am pleased to see further development come forward on this site. This site had been plagued by fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour prior to the recent development, and it is good to see such prime locations continuing to support the local economy.
“While I know residents will be concerned about the potential impact on road users, I am pleased that improvements to the local highways network around the Tesco roundabout – as part of the local transport plan – will help.
“I also know that local MP, Jack Brereton, has been working to lobby Highways England to improve the access from the A50 and believe these improvements will both help the businesses on Whittle Road, as well as the residents of Meir Park to safely access their homes.”
Work on Solidor’s new warehouse is due to start soon.
The company will be the latest business to move onto G-Park Stoke, following in the footsteps of online electricals retailer AO which opened a 275,000 sq ft warehouse – its biggest to date – at the site in October.