ONE of the most technologically advanced feed mills in Europe is set to be built on an expanding industrial estate in North Yorkshire for the fourth generation of a family who set up business 120 years ago.

A planning application for the £12m mill at Dalton New Bridge, near Thirsk, has been recommended for approval by Hambleton District Council. I’Anson Brothers, based in Masham, plan to create the new feed mill to ensure a sustainable future for the family business which currently employs 80 people and is set to take on more when the new centre is built.

They say the ultramodern mill will be as energy efficient as possible as well as one of the most technologically advanced in Europe. The extra capacity will help the company meet existing and expanding demand for feed across the globe.

Managing Director Chris I'Anson said: "Hambleton Council has a four-year plan, a ‘Place to Grow’ encouraging businesses to grow their reach from local to global. That certainly describes our company, founded 120 years ago in Masham to serve local farmers we now also export to around 40 countries worldwide.

"When we decided to make the biggest investment in our company’s history to develop a new, state-of-the art mill we looked at a number of attractive sites around the North of England. However, we were keen to retain our historic links with local customers and suppliers along with Masham and the surrounding communities so Dalton New Bridge provided a perfect solution.

"We believe this development is great news for the company, our current and future employees and the local economy in which we are an important player. It is entirely appropriate that we are making our biggest single investment as a company as we celebrate our 120th anniversary in 2020. As well as helping to secure a sustainable future it ensures we can continue to play our role in enabling the agriculture and farming industry to meet the challenge of feeding an increasing UK and global population."

Once approval is granted, works on access will start immediately, followed by the ground and civil engineering preparations. Construction of the mill itself is expected to begin in the autumn and last for 18 months. Completion and commissioning is scheduled for early 2022.