Local residents may be interested to know that Dowty Propellors plans to move from Mitchedean to the Gloucester Business Park. A recent planning application calls for a new manufacturing, warehouse and office building on the ten acre site known as ‘Plot 4100’. (The Direct Wines distribution centre lies to the south of the site, and Hurricane Road and the G-Tem manufacturing facility to the east).

The building is quite large – 180m by 81m wide and 15m high – and it includes three levels of offices at one end. In total the development will provide just over 17,000 sq m of space. At present there are plans for 253 staff car parking spaces.

The parish council understands that around 350 people are currently employed by Dowty Propellors.

Full details of the planning application are available here and local people have until 4 July to make their comments known.