Proposals for a 40-acre site in East Cheshire would create a new, energy-efficient manufacturing campus for the existing commercial tenant alongside up to 375 new homes in Mobberley.
The site, located on Ilford Way in the village of Mobberley, lies 2km south of Manchester International Airport and has produced products under the Ilford Photo brand for more than 100 years.
At its peak the site was home to more than 2,000 employees. However, changes in consumer demand for black and white photographic film, changes in the size of machinery required and rising energy prices led the tenant, Harman Technology to look at restructuring its operations.
While the company continues to be recognised for a wide range of photographic products, technological advances in their production processes mean that their site is presently far too large for their requirements. In early 2013, Harman announced plans to relocate its operations to a smaller part of the current 40-acre site in a bid to reduce running costs and secure one of the area’s largest employers.
The remainder of the land is proposed as high quality housing alongside a range of benefits designed for the local community. These include allotments, recreational facilities, improved pedestrian links and a developer contribution towards new school places.