By Charlotte Green, Local Democracy Reporter
A HUGE new science and technology facility in Hattersley has been given the green light.
The council’s planning committee has approved a base for a geosciences company.
The new 4,700 square metre site will house soil and ground water testing laboratory firm Envirolab, part of the RSK Group, which currently operates from premises off Mottram Road, Hyde.
The expansion is envisaged to create approximately 200 jobs.
The new development, which spans two plots of land on Hattersley industrial estate, will be known as Hattersley Science and Technology Park.
Agent Kenny Dhillon told councillors: “The RSK group is a growing business which contributes to employment in the Greater Manchester region.
“The proposed development is going to be high quality.”
He added that the new development would be ‘economically sustainable’.
Currently the site is open grassland with scattered trees and bushes and has been hit a target for fly-tipping.
The proposal includes the creation of a two-storey laboratory for testing and analysis of soil and water samples, as well as general storage and a light industrial workshop.
There will be 127 car spaces created, with eight disabled spaces, as well as spaces for lorries and bicycle storage.