UP to 100 new jobs could be created after a Hunmanby firm was granted permission to expand its base.

Deep Sea Electronics applied to Scarborough Borough Council to create a two-storey office block and 100 new parking spaces at its facility at Highfield House at Hunmanby Industrial Estate in Bridlington Road.

The plans were approved on Thursday by the council’s planning committee.

Ward councillor and committee member Roberta Swiers (Con) said: “The only problem people ever had with this building was that staff had to park on the road and the new spaces will stop that.

“They are a company that looks after its employees and looks after the site. It always looks immaculate and it is the right site for an expansion.”

Cllr Colin Haddington (Ind) added: “It is great to see a local company looking to expand in these uncertain times and they have my full support.”

In a report which went before the committee, planning officer David Walker said the scheme would lead to a “significant investment”.

He wrote: “The applicant states it will ultimately lead to the creation of about 100 local jobs, with many of these being high skilled technical occupations.”

Seven people had objected to the application, saying it is “overdevelopment” of the site and warning of the impact of the extra traffic created in nearby Sands Lane.

Deep Sea Electronics was founded in 1975 in Scarborough before moving to Hunmanby in 2001.

It is one of the world’s top manufacturers of generator controllers, auto transfer switch controllers, battery chargers and vehicle and off-highway controllers.

The company employs more than 140 people at sites including Brazil, Lebanon, India and the USA.