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Renishaw granted permission for R&D extension

Renishaw has been granted permission to build a new office building at its headquarters near Wotton-under-Edge.

Stroud District Council approved the plans, which also include car parking, at the precision engineering firm's New Mills base.

The original application, first lodged more than two years ago, said the building would be used for research and development.

Plans were drawn up by architects Roberts Limbrick who designed Renishaw's existing Innovation Centre.

Renishaw head of communications Chris Pockett said: "As a business that takes a long-term approach to business and which owns most of its own properties around the world, Renishaw is constantly planning ahead for future business needs. 

"This is especially important due to the timescales that are involved in larger projects, where allowance has to be made for the length of time to obtain outline planning permission, to prepare detailed plans, to construct buildings and to then fit them out ready for final use. 

"Over the length of such projects the business environment may change, which can affect implementation plans, but it is important that we are always in a position such that planning processes do not have the potential to impact our business growth objectives."

Last week Renishaw announced it had launched a formal sale process after founders Sir David McMurtry and John Deer opted to sell their combined 53 per cent holding.

The pair founded the company in 1973 and have overseen its growth into one of the world's leading engineering and scientific technology companies with expertise in precision measurement and healthcare.

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