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We've submitted plans for a new building

February 2011

Framptons Limited, the successful Shepton Mallet based food manufacturer, has been steadily expanding over the past three years. Framptons contract packs fruit juice, smoothies and milks for leading UK food and drink companies, and manufactures egg products for the food service industry. They employ nearly 200 local people, and contribute significantly to the local economy.

Having outgrown its original premises, Framptons has submitted a planning application to Mendip District Council to erect a new building on land at Charlton Road, Shepton Mallet, which will provide further manufacturing space and create at least 30 new jobs. The original factory building will remain, and Framptons will continue to occupy Units 1 and 2 on the Crowne Trading Estate.

Framptons’ existing buildings will reach full capacity in 2011, but demand from its major contract packing customers will require the addition of further bottling lines, which are planned to be installed in the proposed building.

In 2008, Framptons purchased the former GA Williams garage site adjacent to their factory. Occupying the site currently is a fuel station, shop and vehicle rental premises.  The proposal is to replace these with a new building, which will include a bottling hall, housing up to four filling lines, a purpose built office area, staff canteen, distribution warehouse with HGV access, a reception area and parking for employees and visitors, including cyclists.

Clive Frampton, Chairman of Framptons Limited, said: “It is important to us that our operations remain on a single site in Shepton Mallet. We have been based in Shepton since the 1960s, have built a vibrant business, and hope to continue our growth within the town.
“As our company expands, we require extra space in order to meet customer demand. The proposed building has been designed in order to maximise our manufacturing potential, whilst ensuring it fits with the landscaping of the surrounding area and is environmentally sustainable.”

Due to the nature of the development, we have taken great care in considering the effect on the local community, noise and dealing with any contaminants existing on the site.  The size of the proposed building has been designed to provide the necessary space to meet the needs of Framptons Ltd, as well as respecting neighbouring properties.  Care has been taken to embed the building into its landscape, in order to enhance the aesthetic from the street and calm noise. Plans include extensive landscaping, including the planting of a number of trees on the boundary to the site.

Framptons Ltd is committed to protecting the environment and has been proactive in reducing its energy use and water consumption. In 2011, Framptons aims to reach its target of sending zero waste to landfill.  The new building will incorporate rainwater harvesting and photovoltaic panels on the roof, allowing the company to further improve its environmental credentials.
Framptons has garnered praise for its operations and approach to sustainability, which in the past two years has been recognised with nine awards, including a prestigious National Business Award for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2009.

The development will secure Framptons’ future within Shepton Mallet as an award winning company, will help demonstrate that the town has good business potential, and will improve the appearance of Charlton Road.

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