A globally important German farm machinery manufacturer has been given approval to move onto a site near Robin Hood Airport.
Doncaster planning committee unanimously voted in favour of Amazone UK constructing a new showroom for agricultural equipment with a workshop and storage area, training area and ancillary offices, on approximately 30 acres of land at Orchard Farm, Hurst Lane in Auckley.
Some residents had objected at the greenfield land near RAF houses being developed, but planners agreed that it was not a site that was in an isolated rural area, a planned link road for the area would further reduce its isolation, create an urbanising character and it was felt the development would be in support of countryside use.
When the company moves its UK headquarters from Nottinghamshire to Doncaster in 2016/17, there will be a warehouse building on site and surrounding land will be used to test satellite controlled high-tech farm machinery, and there will be training and trial plots where high yield, non-GM crops could be grown.
Amazone would initially deal with farmers and dealers from across the UK, but would eventually work with clients from across the globe which would be expected to benefit Robin Hood and Hull Airports.
Managing director of Amazone UK, Adrian Winnett, said the company would be working with agricultural colleges and recruiting from them, but once the company had established itself in the area local people would be employed and ancillary industries such as catering support services would also benefit.
He added: “I am very excited about coming to the area. One of the exciting things is that this development will enable the UK to lead the world in farming technology. The British farmer wants the latest technology and this will help us to offer that.
“This is an exciting opportunity for us and this site will enable us to develop the latest farming innovations.”