Rolls-Royce Sinfin plant expansion plans are doubled

Rolls-Royce factory in Sinfin
Image caption Rolls-Royce hopes to use the extended factory for construction and testing

Rolls-Royce has decided a planned extension to one of its factories in Derby needs to be bigger.

The aero-engine maker had originally submitted plans to expand its engine plant on Wilmore Road in Sinfin by 15,000 sq ft (1,393 sq m).

Now it has decided to double the size of the extension to 30,000 sq ft (2,787 sq m) to allow more space to build Trent 900 engines.

Derby City Council will now consider the amended planning application.

Rolls-Royce said it hoped the expansion would help the firm to double the number of Trent engines it produced as it looked to fulfil a £60bn order book.

The company said no new jobs would be made at the plant, which would increase to 230,000 sq ft (21,367 sq m) if the extension goes ahead.

It also announced it had signed a new deal to supply Trent 700 engines to German travel company TUI Travel.

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