British Gypsum has received planning permission from Selby District Council to extend an existing mill building at Sherburn-in-Elmet, near Selby, in order to upgrade its existing operations. The plant, which processes and manufactures gypsum 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 supplied from the nearby Drax Power Station. British Gypsum is now building the plant’s capability to enable natural rock processing which will increase operational flexibility. The development allows the plant to carry out this conversion and safeguard its future.
This £10 million expansion at Sherburn-in-Elmet is timely. Figures just released by the Government have revealed that the number of new-build homes that are being constructed has grown to the highest level since 2008. The latest housebuilding data shows that 164,960 new homes were started in the year to June 2017, a rise of 13 per cent on the previous year, and have increased by more than three-quarters since the low in 2009. Meanwhile, more than 153,000 new homes have been completed during the same period, showing an increase of 11 per cent compared with the year before.