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Planning approval could lead to 400 new jobs in Gloucester

Expanding Horizon Nuclear Power are a step closer to creating hundreds of new jobs after planning permission for its new Gloucester Business Park Headquarters was approved.

The Hitachi-owned firm will have space for 600 employees at their new offices when they are completed by spring 2016.

Almost 150 staff are currently employed by the firm, and Horizon have confirmed that staff numbers will reach at least 400 when they move into their new home.

The new three storey development, which was approved by Tewkesbury Borough Council in July, will have almost 290 car parking spaces.

It will take up one of the 14 remaining commercial plots on the business park and the project will be completed in two stages.

Simon Kingsley, Horizon’s Head of Property, said: “We are delighted that planning permission for our new headquarters has been granted. This is an important step for us as the organisation continues to grow and we look forward to moving in to our new building, which will have capacity for up to 600 people, by Spring 2016.

Concerns over the number of spaces were raised by residents in nearby Hucclecote and by the parish council in the area.

They feared that the new development would exacerbate an existing problem of Gloucester Business Park employees parking in front of driveways and making residential streets dangerous.

Barbara Martin, chairman of Hucclecote Parish Council, said: “We’re very pleased that this development has been passed because it will bring lots of jobs and opportunities to the parish."

But our main concern was the provision of parking spaces on the site because we don’t know how many employees will be there when the site is finished. Their original application was for 240 spaces so there has been some improvement.

Mr Kingsley said: “We are also very aware of the issues that exist around parking arrangements locally and are working hard to address these as our plans develop, including the implementation of a green travel plan.