Up to nine new jobs could be created in Skegness after a well-known local factory submitted plans to double its existing size.
Hames Chocolate Factory in Hawthorn Road, Skegness has unveiled plans to increase its existing factory building from around 690 sq m to close to 1,500 sq m - more than double its current footprint.
In new plans submitted to East Lindsey District Council, Hames said it envisages employing an additional three full-time and six part-time employees - taking the number of staff at the site to 24.
A representative from Hames was unavailable to comment before the Standard went to print. However, the move has been warmly welcomed by Skegness & District Chamber of Commerce chairman, Glenis Brown.
She said: “I think it is utterly marvellous news and Hames are a very good name.
“Any development like that can only help attract more year-round business to Skegness and good luck to the people who get the jobs.”
Glenis added that the extension would help ‘diversify’ the town’s employment options and help provide strong year-round employment for people who might otherwise be forced to rely solely on seasonal work.
Under the proposals the new extension would be erected on an open area within the boundary of the factory’s existing Hawthorn Road base.
It would also be built using similar materials to the present factory. Car parking within the site would be increased to accommodate the extra staff required by the larger factory.
The proposal will be discussed at a future meeting of East Lindsey District Council.