PLANS to re-locate Bradford Council's school meal production services have been submitted.

Earlier this month the Council's Executive approved the allocation of £1.4 million to convert and fit out one of its buildings to make it a new Central Production Unit - where staff produce meals for the District's schools.

The meals are currently produced in a large unit in Johnson Street, off Leeds Road, but the changes will now see this moved to Unit Five of Mitre Court in Cutler Heights - which the Council also owns and uses as a storage facility.

Now a planning application has been submitted by the Council for the fit out of the two-storey building.

When approving the funding, the Council said the move would make the service more efficient, adding: "It will ensure continuity of service, equality of service and reduce the operating cost of the service in providing school meals."

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The planning application calls for the creation of new food preparation and storage areas, offices, loading areas and packaging areas.

The application says: "The new facility has been designed to provide adequate accommodation for a certain number of both catering and facilities management staff.

"Independently, the new facility will have its own boiler and compressors room, accessible waste disposal system; and, ultimately, a clearly structured fire escape route mechanism in conjunction with an existing provision on the ground."

The facility will produce both Halal and non-Halal food.

A decision on the application will be made in January.