Plans in for £300m high-tech food campus

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Formal plans have been submitted for a £300m high-tech food manufacturing and distribution campus in Derby which could create up to 5,000 jobs.

SmartParc is behind the proposals for the 155-acre site on the former Celanese site near Spondon.

The planned 1.8 million sq ft hub would provide state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, start-up incubation units and a potential location for a Food Manufacturing Technology Centre of Excellence.

The submission of a planning application to Derby City Council comes after the government pledged £12m towards the project in August 2020.

At the time, the scheme was expected to create up to 4,500 jobs.

SmartParc chief executive Jackie Wild said: "We are delighted to take another step forward in

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