£5 million food company expansion plans set for approval

From left, Indie Bhatoa, Thakorbhai Patel, Mohinder Singh Bhatoa, Chandra Patel and Mani Bhatoa for P&B Foods

From left, Indie Bhatoa, Thakorbhai Patel, Mohinder Singh Bhatoa, Chandra Patel and Mani Bhatoa for P&B Foods

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

MULTI-MILLION pound expansion plans which will create 50 new jobs are set to get approval this week.

P&B Foods Ltd plans to double the size of its operation by moving into a purpose-built facility at the Prologis business park and increase its workforce over the next five years.

Bradford Council will meet on Thursday to discuss whether to grant planning permission for the development at the Rooley Lane site, with officers recommending the plans go through.

Mohinder Singh Bhatoa, P&B Foods managing director was not available for comment, but has previously told the T&A that the move was "an important step forward for our business and achieves our twin objectives of remaining in Bradford and being close to the motorway network."

The company's application includes a 16,000 square metre industrial building at the business park, near the Marks & Spencer Northern distribution hub.

The local authority has received two letters of complaint, which raise concerns about how long the building will take to construct, the loss of views for residents of the neighbouring Newhall Gardens estate and the impact of light pollution.

A planning report said that noise during construction was "inevitable" but that hours of work would be limited. The committee will be asked to impose limits on the site in relation to external lighting and the planning officers said that loss of views was not a reason for refusing the plans.

The company, currently based on Planetrees Road in Bowling, distributes a wide range of food products across the UK and Europe. Customers include Bradford-based Morrisons along with Tesco and a range of other retailers, wholesalers, hotels and restaurants.

It plans to invest around £5 million on its expansion. The new site includes a 127 space car park.

The family-run company was set up in 1967 and is now the the UK’s leading importer and distributor of Asian and oriental foodstuffs, supplying products such as rice, spice, lentils, flour, chutneys and pickle products from around the world.

If approved the business would be able to open from 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday, and from 8am to 1pm on Saturdays.

The meeting of the regulatory and appeals committee will be held at Bradford City Hall at 10am.

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10:38am Mon 11 Aug 14

Cooperlane2 says...

Good luck to them.
Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.
Good luck to them. Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much. Cooperlane2
  • Score: 11

10:52am Mon 11 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Cooperlane2 wrote:
Good luck to them.
Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.
I suppose, but maybe they bought their house when it overlooked the golf course?
I used to enjoy that course too. Not the same anymore, the security guards don't like you hitting balls on there anymore :)
[quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them. Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.[/p][/quote]I suppose, but maybe they bought their house when it overlooked the golf course? I used to enjoy that course too. Not the same anymore, the security guards don't like you hitting balls on there anymore :) Bone_idle18
  • Score: 0

11:08am Mon 11 Aug 14

Albion. says...

Bone_idle18 wrote:
Cooperlane2 wrote:
Good luck to them.
Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.
I suppose, but maybe they bought their house when it overlooked the golf course?
I used to enjoy that course too. Not the same anymore, the security guards don't like you hitting balls on there anymore :)
Especially theirs!
[quote][p][bold]Bone_idle18[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them. Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.[/p][/quote]I suppose, but maybe they bought their house when it overlooked the golf course? I used to enjoy that course too. Not the same anymore, the security guards don't like you hitting balls on there anymore :)[/p][/quote]Especially theirs! Albion.
  • Score: 2

11:25am Mon 11 Aug 14

SinnerSaint says...

These are good people. Hindus and Sikhs who've integrated here, love the country and it's people and have created an extremely successful and profitable business. Good luck to them!
These are good people. Hindus and Sikhs who've integrated here, love the country and it's people and have created an extremely successful and profitable business. Good luck to them! SinnerSaint
  • Score: -11

12:00pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Sounds like they'll get the go ahead, which is good as it would be a bit stupid to have a business park where you couldn't get planning permission to build a business! (although you could imaging that happening with out council!)
Sounds like they'll get the go ahead, which is good as it would be a bit stupid to have a business park where you couldn't get planning permission to build a business! (although you could imaging that happening with out council!) Bone_idle18
  • Score: 9

3:24pm Mon 11 Aug 14

northern pig says...

Cooperlane2 wrote:
Good luck to them.
Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.
Residents who lived there before the industrial estate was, have every right to complain. May be the council could offer to buy their houses at market value price !! Then it would be up to them, to sell or stay.
[quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them. Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.[/p][/quote]Residents who lived there before the industrial estate was, have every right to complain. May be the council could offer to buy their houses at market value price !! Then it would be up to them, to sell or stay. northern pig
  • Score: -3

4:01pm Mon 11 Aug 14

linebacker2 says...

northern pig wrote:
Cooperlane2 wrote:
Good luck to them.
Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.
Residents who lived there before the industrial estate was, have every right to complain. May be the council could offer to buy their houses at market value price !! Then it would be up to them, to sell or stay.
Only in Britain are people against new industry, no wonder we're falling back in international league tables.
[quote][p][bold]northern pig[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cooperlane2[/bold] wrote: Good luck to them. Hard to see how people on an estate next to an industrial park can complain about much.[/p][/quote]Residents who lived there before the industrial estate was, have every right to complain. May be the council could offer to buy their houses at market value price !! Then it would be up to them, to sell or stay.[/p][/quote]Only in Britain are people against new industry, no wonder we're falling back in international league tables. linebacker2
  • Score: 6

4:51pm Mon 11 Aug 14

Lynessman says...

the houses are built on the former golf course and the plans for the unit have been in place even before the housing estate was finished. so if they had a good solicitor he would have advised them as part of his due diligence when doing the research on the house purchase. They have no complaints and would be aware that they overlook a piece of land with outline industrial permissions. just trying it on !
the houses are built on the former golf course and the plans for the unit have been in place even before the housing estate was finished. so if they had a good solicitor he would have advised them as part of his due diligence when doing the research on the house purchase. They have no complaints and would be aware that they overlook a piece of land with outline industrial permissions. just trying it on ! Lynessman
  • Score: 7

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