DCS Group expands in Banbury with purchase of 25 acre site
Stratford-upon-Avon based DCS Group has been given permission to set up shop in Banbury thanks to the approval of a change-of-use application for a vacant building.
The company which employ 229 jobs in Sales and Distribution will retain its existing staff and recruit further new jobs from the Banbury area to service their new facility adjacent to the M40 motorway.
A meeting of Cherwell District Council’s planning committee of Thursday, 7 July, granted permission to cease general industrial use of the building (use-class B2) and begin using it for storage and distribution purposes (use-class B8).
DCS Group will be the new business operating out of the former Hella building owned by Prodrive on Noral Way. The purchase of the new site has been funded by Barclays Corporate in Birmingham.
David Richards CBE – Chairman of Prodrive said “We are delighted to have sold our site at Noral Way to DCS. They will be a great asset to the area bringing some of the world’s leading brands to Banbury and creating jobs for the local economy.”
Denys Shortt OBE – founder of DCS said “This is great news for DCS as we continue to grow. Our site in Stratford is part of the Canal Quarter Regeneration Zone and has been zoned for housing. With this new site in Banbury we will double our current storage capacity and with 25 acres of industrial land we have plenty of room to expand enhancing our long term sustainability.
DCS Manufacturing and Enable Software which are both part of the DCS Group operate from state of the art facilities in Stratford-upon-Avon and these do not form part of the Banbury expansion.
Lead member for planning at Cherwell District Council, Cllr Colin Clarke, said:
“We are pleased to be able to attract a national company to Banbury without the need for new building or land release.”
For more information please search www.cherwell.gov.uk for application no. 16/00927/F
Photo from left : Ray O’Donoghue (Barclays), Charles Shortt & Michael Lorimer (DCS), David Richards CBE (Prodrive), Denys Shortt OBE (DCS), Jim Quantrill (Barclays)