Yorkshire welcomes proposed ‘Sausage World’ attraction
Plans for ‘Sausage World’, a £4m sausage factory expansion and visitor attraction has been approved by councillors in North Yorkshire.
According to various reports, food producer Heck wants to expand its current facility in Kirklington, near Bedale, to move its production of meat and vegetarian items to the same site.
It is also planning a new building for visitor groups, alongside an 80-cover restaurant and shop.
The business has expanded significantly over recent years and now employs 120 staff. It is understood that the firm’s expansion plan will create a further 60 jobs.
Hambleton District Council’s planning committee passed the scheme on Monday, and Andrew Keeble, co-founder of Heck Food, said building work on the scheme was scheduled to start in August despite uncertainties surrounding Brexit.
The planning meeting also heard that a recent change in the business had been the expansion into the production and sale of vegetarian and vegan products, which were currently being produced in starter units at Leeming Bar Industrial Estate.
The proposal would allow the meat based production to relocate into the larger new facility within the extension, with the non-meat based production moving from Leeming Bar into the existing Kirklington facility.
Keeble said he expected the visitor attraction to prove popular, drawing in loads of school trips.
He added: “It’s amazing how many people have knocked on the door and asked to have a look around. If you have never seen a sausage machine work then it’s worth it. We have a machine that can produce 1,300 sausages a minute. It’s like a Gatling gun.”