Contract sees 200 roles created and extra factory buildings.

A King’s Lynn company is set to expand and create 200 new jobs for West Norfolk.

Bespak announced yesterday that it has been awarded a contract by an un-named global pharmecutical company to provide dry powder inhalers.

The Lynn company, part of Consort Medical, said it had signed a ‘multi-year contract.’

“We are delighted to have secured this major contract,” said Jonathan Glenn, Consort Medical chief executive.

“For Bespak this is a significant opportunity which requires the construction of a further dedicated building at the Lynn site to accommodate the additional moulding and assembly capacity,” he added.

The news came as a report which will go  before members of West Norfolk Council’s Planning Committee on Monday was published.

Bespak is looking to  construct two new manufacturing buildings on the North Lynn industrial estate where the company is currently based.

Three plots of land are involved with one being used for car parking.

The report says there will be a new ‘assembly cell’ building of 3,673sqm which would be built on the junction of Edward Benefer Way and Bergen Way where there is currently car parking for the existing factory.

The second building, called Building 8, would be 6,747sqm and 174m long – one and three-quarter football pitches.

It would go on a piece of land which is currently undeveloped  and is at the rear of a Bespak building which is at the back of homes on Mariners Way.

A third plot of hard-standing within the Bespak site would be used for car parking as 80 spaces would be lost.

“The impact of the proposed development will be felt most acutely by the residents of the dwellings on Mariners Way,” says the report.

Building 8 is less than 5m from the garden of the closest home and is ‘very large’ says the report.

There could also be ‘possible noise impacts’ on residents and the buildings will be acoustically insulated.

Members of the planning committee will also be told that some 200 new jobs will be created but not all the employees will be on site at the same time and there would be around 70 additional arrivals and departures at shift change.

Committee members are being recommended to approve the application.

“The development would create in the region of 200 new, skilled jobs and would contribute significantly to the strategic objectives for job creation set out in the core strategy,” the report says.

Bespak declined to comment yesterday.