Ilfracombe manufacturer has plans for new site
TDK Lambda holds open day to unveils its proposals for former Ilfracombe Food Service site.
PLANS for the future of the former Ilfracombe Food Service site in Kingsley Avenue have been unveiled by new owners TDK Lambda.
The power supply manufacturer held an open event at the Ilfracombe centre on Wednesday to reveal its intention to demolish the vacant building and in time to erect a new industrial facility.
A planning application has been lodged with North Devon Council and it is hoped demolition can take place in the spring or early summer, but the company has said a new building is not likely to be constructed for at least three years.
TDK Lambda announced in August it had acquired the two-acre site across from its current factory, which is the Japanese-owned company’s European headquarters and employs almost 300 people.
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At the time, managing director Adam Rawicz commented: “We have seen substantial growth over the last two years and the redevelopment of the site next door makes perfect sense and will be an important part of our future expansion plans in Ilfracombe.”
General manager Phil Scotcher told the Gazette the open day had proved worthwhile and had been well attended.
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“The general response was that it was good news and several said thank you for taking the time to invite them to see what we were planning,” said Mr Scotcher.
“They also said they were pleased the land was being kept for employment.
“It is an empty unloved building and our immediate imperative is to get it demolished and get the site clean. There is asbestos inside so we have to take care with that.”
He said they had unveiled everything in one go to ensure all information was in the public domain and to give those around the site the opportunity to see the plans and to comment.
One of the key issues to residents was seagulls, he added, which used the roof of the building for nesting, meaning demolition would have to be carried out before or after nesting season.
He said the company had a number of environmental challenges to deal with to make sure the work progressed safely and was keen to talk with residents about minimising any impact it might have.