DNA Worldwide Group Ltd at Frome Business Park submits expansion plans

A Somerset-based DNA testing company could create 12 new jobs if it gets permission to expand its existing premises.

DNA Worldwide Group Ltd. describes itself on its official website as offering ‘the UK’s most advanced testing platform covering DNA, drugs, alcohol and forensic services’.

The company has applied to expand its current premises on Manor Road in the Frome Business Park, creating up to a dozen new jobs in research and development.

Mendip District Council is expected to make a decision on the plans in the spring.

The site is located on the southern edge of Frome, a short distance from the town’s household waste recycling center.

According to the company’s proposals, a new building will be constructed east of the current premises, using the same access from Manor Road.

17 other parking spaces will be provided, as well as two spaces for motorcycles and one parking space for disabled people.

A spokesperson for Oxford Architects (representing the company) said: ‘Due to the additional planting along the eastern boundary, the new development will be masked from Little Keyford Lane and adjacent houses, while retaining the scene. modern industrial street at the entrance to the commercial area.

“The development will positively improve the context of the Frome business park.

“The proposal will provide modest, contemporary and sustainable business accommodation, expanding the employment capacities of the existing site.

“The proposals are in line with the policy and will expand the employment capabilities of the Frome Business Park, thereby strengthening the well-established employment site. ”

The site is a short distance from several demarcated sites to meet Frome’s housing needs in the years to come.

Wainhomes was refused permission to build 70 houses on Little Keyford Lane in October 2021, but the developer has already filed an appeal with the Planning Inspectorate.

Two adjacent sites, located on either side of the B3092 The Mount, could deliver up to 249 new homes if David Wilson Homes receives the green light from the council’s planning council later this year.

A decision is also expected on Curo’s plans for 198 homes on the Sandys Hill Lane site – with separate plans for business units on the site expected to be submitted shortly.

The council is expected to make a decision on the Manor Road plans later this year.

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