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Boiler scheme at Malton Food helps secure future of jobs
A RYEDALE company is set to save hundreds of thousands of pounds in energy costs and jobs have been secured after councillors granted permission for a state-of- the-art new boiler system.
Amotherby-based Malton Food has had a planning application for a new biomass-fuelled boiler approved by Ryedale District Council.
The company is the fourth largest employer in Malton with more than 200 staff, managing director Charlie Breese told a planning committee meeting recently.
He added that the firm had applied for permission to replace ageing and inefficient coal and oil boilers with more modern, environmentally-friendly wood chip burning units.
Despite some objections from Amotherby Parish Council, the planning committee gave the go-ahead to the scheme, which planning documents said was “critical” to keeping the 216 staff at the plant.
Coun Luke Richardson (Lib) said: “It is great to see a progressive company seeing the Government carrot being dangled and grabbing it for the benefit of Ryedale residents. This is good for Malton.”
Plans for the boiler building and chimney were passed unanimously, meaning the company will see its energy costs fall by 75 per cent, saving upwards of £750,000 a year once it is built.
As well as powering the factory’s cooking lines with steam, the new system will use ‘absorbtion cooling’ to power the plant’s vast refrigeration units, Mr Breese added.
Speaking before the meeting, he said the new system would be the “single biggest lifeline” the business could have, and would see energy costs slashed “almost to the point of zero” giving the business a crucial competitive edge.
However, the plans include a large building and chimney very close to the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty boundary, and the village’s parish council objected to the size of the plant.
The AONB’s officers have laid down four conditions about the scheme’s impact on the landscape.
Food producers The Ginger Pig has also had its plans for expansion approved by the district council’s planning committee.
The company is to build new headquarters and production building on Malton’s York Road Industrial Estate.
Council officers supported the plans, saying the entrance to Malton demanded such a distinctive building.
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