Poultry integrator Faccenda has been given permission for a major expansion of its chicken processing plant in Shropshire.

The company has been told by Telford and Wrekin Council (20 January) that it can triple the size of its Telford plant.

According to the company, this could mean an additional 350 jobs will open up at the plant, almost doubling the size of the existing workforce.

The extension will accommodate new cutting and portioning lines, chilled despatch warehousing and new administration and staff facilities.

This will allow the company to integrate work at the Dudley and Telford plants, increasing the efficiency and sustainability of the business.

Councillors were told that currently chicken products have to be transported from Telford to Dudley for packaging, and back to Telford again for distribution.

According to planning documents the new extension will add 145,00sq ft of space to the current plant.

There will also be an important economic boost for the area.

After the meeting, local councillor Nigel Dugmore commented: “This is fantastic news because it brings jobs. It’s definitely the right location and we need to support local businesses. It’s good that the existing factory will be refurbished during the work as well.”

A spokesman for Faccenda said: “We are delighted that plans to expand the factory at Telford have been approved.”