Boeing has been given a flying start in its plan to grow in Sheffield, UK, after planning officers at Sheffield City Council gave the company’s multi-million pound plans the go-ahead.

Sheffield City Council has approved Boeing’s plans for a manufacturing and research building along with ancillary car parking and landscaping at the Sheffield Business Park.

The move will create at least 30 new jobs and provide the region’s businesses with significant new supply chain opportunities.

James Needham, Senior Operations Manager for Boeing Sheffield, said Boeing Sheffield will produce actuation systems for commercial aeroplanes, specifically the Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777.

He commented: “We also plan to place additional actuation systems work into Boeing Portland in Oregon, in the United States which will further build on their demonstrated capabilities.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council , said: “We’re delighted that Boeing has chosen Sheffield as the location for their first factory in Europe, a decision that is testament to the great skills and research capability we have in the region.

“I’m looking forward to working with Boeing as one of its stated aims is to try and source significant amounts through the local supply chains – this is a tremendous opportunity for local companies and job creation.”