British Gypsum Expansion

Manufacturing firm, British Gypsum who have their plant on Fenton Lane in Sherburn in Elmet, have confirmed their expansion. This expansion on their development is set to safeguard around 150 new jobs.

British Gypsum has submitted a planning application to Selby District Council to extend an existing mill building at the site in Sherburn-in-Elmet, in order to upgrade their existing operations. The purpose of the building will be to house more equipment. British Gypsum, who manufactures plaster products, such as plasterboards, is currently unable to grind natural gypsum rock on-site and operates solely on the use of synthetic desulphurised gypsum (DSG) supplied from the nearby Drax Power Station.

With the decline in the availability of DSG production, British Gypsum plans to convert the plant’s operations to predominantly natural rock processing and enable the site to carry on with the manufacture of its gypsum-based products.

The new development would allow them to carry out the conversion. The proposed development will be energy efficient and minimise energy consumption. Although the new building will not produce any new jobs, it will safe guard around 150 existing ones, thay may have otherwise been lost.