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Factory could create up to 70 new jobs.

A PLASTERBOARD factory planned for Newport's docks could create up to 70 jobs if approved by the local authority.

Associated British Ports (ABP) wants the 150,000 sq ft manufacturing facility to be built on empty land to the south-west of the port's South Dock.

Under the proposals, gypsum would be delivered by sea, stored in a quayside facility and delivered to the plant for use in production.

The operation would consist of a warehouse containing production lines, conveyor belts, storage loading areas and two hoppers.

Newport City Council has requested ABP to produce a screening opinion to determine if an environmental impact assessment is necessary.

But the port authority says the facility's impact on traffic would be negligible, given the site could house 70 employees when around 3,000 people already work at the docks.

Traffic is also not expected to have a knock-on effect on air quality, but ABP says appropriate mitigation measures will be put in place to prevent any issues arising.

Newport City Council will consider ABP's screening opinion before a full planning application is submitted in the coming months.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Jul 15, 2019
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