‘We feel that now is the right time’ – Ulverston residents given the chance to view new biopharmaceutical facility plan

RESIDENTS will get their first chance to see plans which could pave the way for a new biopharmaceuticals plant which would bring investment and jobs to a South Lakeland community.

Lakes BioScience Ltd, of Ulverston, has submitted plans to South Lakeland District Council for a site on a disused car-park at Pulman Road, Ulverston.

The company, formed over 12 months ago from a collaboration of some of the UK’s most experienced industry professionals, is accelerating its plans due to global demand.

Lakes BioScience, prides itself on the expertise of its team who have a track record of working fast to ensure rapid and agile responses to deliver innovative and effective solutions on a range of projects.

A Lakes BioScience spokesperson said: “Globally, supply chains are under huge pressure to provide manufacturing capacity for monoclonal antibodies.

“We feel that now is the right time to submit plans so we are in a position to respond to this demand.

“We have started the planning process now so that if there is an urgent requirement, that we can have a site ready to meet that need.”

Lakes BioScience hopes to start work on the site this year. Manufacture of advanced monoclonal antibodies would be due to start within 15 months of breaking ground.

Residents will get their chance to see plans and talk to representatives from Lakes BioScience at a drop-in session held at the Williams Room, at The Coach House building, in Ford Park, Ulverston, from 3pm-7pm on Friday, September 18, and from 10am-2pm on Saturday, September 19.

Registration will take place on the door for track and trace purposes. Social distancing will be required at all times. The flow of visitors will be managed to allow the correct number of people into the room at any one time.

Ulverston has a long history of expertise in pharmaceuticals.

It’s an industry which has provided vital jobs and investment into the local Ulverston and South Lakeland community, as well as the wider North-West and UK economy, for decades.

Lakes BioScience’s plans have been submitted at a time when The National Planning Policy Framework is aiming to create the conditions in which businesses can invest, expand and adapt.

The policy states: “Significant weight should be placed on the need to support economic growth and productivity, taking into account both local business needs and wider opportunities for development.”

South Lakeland District Council’s Adopted Core Strategy encourages the reuse of previously developed land and its Local Plan supports employment related development in existing employment areas.

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