Capper given green light for new £15m agri-development hub

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Tyrone agri-business company Capper Trading has been given the green light to proceed with a £15 million agri-development hub on lands opposite its current site close to the M1 motorway junction at Tamnamore near Dungannon.

The scheme will create 20 sustainable construction jobs during an anticipated 10-year build programme, bringing Capper's total payroll to more than 140, and will pump more than £11 million a year into the economy west of the Bann.

The proposals, approved by Mid Ulster Council's planning committee, will enhance and expand the company's existing facilities in the Tamnamore area.

Capper, which has been at the heart of the rural community for 50 years, is involved in primary operations intrinsic to Northern Ireland agri-industries, including include fuel sales of coal, oil and wood, the production of animal feed and bedding, in addition to transport haulage and logistics.

It currently supplies transport services to both Moy Park and John Thompson and Sons in Belfast.

Managing director Phillip Hill said: “We're delighted by the Cuoncil's decision to support the planning officer's recommendation for approval or our new agri-development hub, which is located on the opposite side of the motorway to our existing premises.”

“This a long-term investment at the heart of the agricultural sector in Northern Ireland, which will support innovation and growth of our business and create new jobs in both within the Agri-development and in our supply chain.

“We look forward now to implementing our plans and continuing our commitment to the wider area of Tamnamore and Dungannon.”

Planning consultants Turley, alongside local architects Studio Fourty Four, helped secure the decision.

Sara Tinsley, associate director at Turley, said: “Capper is a major employer, and has been stewards of the lands for more than 50 years.

“It is a strategic location on the motorway network from which Capper can continue to innovate to support local customers, and reach future markets internationally.

“This approval allows a sustainable approach to their growth, creates new innovate employment opportunities and we welcome the decision made by the planning committee.”

In the past five years Capper has invested between £3m and £5m in research and development, which includes £1.8m of support from Invest NI.

The proposed hub is aligned with Mid Ulster District Council's plan to develop land that will help deliver 8,500 new jobs by 2025.

 

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