Green light for McCain £100m expansion plans

McCain Foods has secured planning permission to expand its Scarborough operations as part of £100m plans.

Scarborough Council has approved plans that will see the McCain potato processing facility in the town expand.

The frozen food giant has operated at the Eastfield site for 50 years, and will now be upgrading and expanding the site.

Plans include the conversion of cold storage into further production lines, new loading bays, two southern extensions, a central extension to house new machinery, and the installation of anaerobic digester unit.

Planning was submitted in March 2017 for the development at Havers Hill. It is McCain’s fourth UK site and home to its HQ, employing more than 730 people at the site, according to planning documents.

Bill Bartlett, corporate affairs director for McCain Foods, said: “We are delighted at the outcome of the Planning Committee’s decision to recommend approval of the renewal plans for our Scarborough site. This will see over £100m invested into our Scarborough facility.

“Established in Eastfield almost 50 years ago, the McCain Foods Scarborough facility is one of the Company’s most successful sites. As the largest private employer in Scarborough and partner to many suppliers and community organisations in the area, we are dedicated to our operations here.

“This investment will secure the continued, long-term success of our site and we welcome the clear signal sent by the Council, underpinning its commitment to continued economic growth in the town.”