Proposals have been submitted to open the first new sugar beet processing facility in the UK for 90 years
Proposals have been submitted to open the first new UK sugar beet processing facility for 90 years, in North Yorkshire.
The site, in Knaresborough, could process 5,000t to 6,000t of refined sugar every day and would provide between 200 and 300 jobs.
3,500 farmers would be needed to supply the site.
Al Khaleej International has submitted a scoping report to Harrogate Borough Council and intended to file a full planning application in July.
NFU Sugar board chairman Michael Sly said it was welcome news for the industry.
“Farmers in the region were disappointed when the British Sugar factory closed in 2007 and it is encouraging that investors are considering a new, larger plant in the area,” he said.
“It would be the first sugar beet factory built in the UK for 90 years and represents a considerable vote of confidence for the sector.
“The sugar beet industry makes an important contribution to the rural economy, supporting nearly 10,000 jobs across the country, and is a valuable rotation crop for arable farmers."