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Timothy Taylor’s invests £9m into brewery expansion

Landlord brewer Timothy Taylor’s is expanding its Keighley facility in West Yorkshire having received planning permission from the local council.

The move, which follows plans submitted to Bradford Council, will see new plant machinery used and brewing equipment installed in a £9m investment for the site.

The council has approved for the removal and replacement of the roof from a ‘tired’ section of an existing building, with the structure also re-configured in the plans.

Planning documents stated: “This is a long established use on this site and a thriving, award-winning local business. The proposal is considered to be acceptable in principle and would accord with the economic strand of the National Planning Policy Framework which seeks to encourage enterprise.”

“The proposed development…would relate satisfactorily to the character of the existing land and adjacent properties.”

It will allow the brewer to continue operations at the Knowle Spring site for future generations, having already being based at the facility for 160 years.

The popularity of its flagship Landlord and Boltmaker beers means that it had to increase capacity, the brewer claimed, in order to meet with current market demands.

In its application, the brewery’s architect said: “Timothy Taylors ongoing success has resulted in the natural growth of their manufacturing facilities at The Knowle Spring Brewery over time. Their aim is to continue to improve the facilities, production line and keep true to the heritage of their brewing process retaining the site in Keighley.

“The proposal responds directly to Timothy Taylor’s business growth plans and long-term aspiration of the site. The expansion works will underpin the value of the site and ensure the brewery remains rooted in Keighley. It is hoped that by increasing the longevity of the site it will in turn improve job security and increase employment opportunities for local people, in line with the local development plan.

New plant machinery and brewing equipment will be installed as part of the work, planning documents said.

The plans submitted to Bradford Council cited the removal and replacement the roof of a “tired” section of an existing building, with the structure then being reconfigured.

The company described the move as a “significant” moment for the brewery, with the money set to be invested in the site over the next five years.

Tim Dewey, chief executive of Timothy Taylor’s, said to the local press: “While the plan provides for increased capacity at the brewery, it will also enhance our resilience, health and safety and ability to deliver quality beer.

“It will significantly upgrade our facilities, including additional storage for our Knowle Spring water, yeast care and cleaning.”

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