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Distribution use approved at Banbury’s former Alcoa site

The former Alcoa Europe site in Southam Road in Banbury closed in 2008.

The former Alcoa Europe site in Southam Road in Banbury closed in 2008.

The former Alcoa Europe site in Banbury could be brought back into use after standing empty for six years.

The building on Southam Road played a key part during the Second World War, and members of Cherwell District Council’s planning committee approved consent for the erection of a new distribution centre with ancillary offices, car parking, service yard and access yesterday (Thursday).

Councillor Michael Gibbard, lead member for planning, said: “The former use of this site was primarily for general industrial use but this planning consent now allows for a new building to be built for distribution.

“As a council we are eager for this prominent employment to be fulfilling its purpose and as such we need to be flexible with how it is used.”

The building was closed in 2008 after SAPA Profiles UK announced it was going to concentrate its aluminium production at other UK sites.

 

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