Cheesemaking is set to continue in Wensleydale for decades to come after plans to redevelop a famous creamery were given planning permission.
The sixty-year-old Wensleydale Creamery site will be transformed as part of a major investment in the iconic Dales brand.
David Hartley, managing director of The Wensleydale Creamery, said, “We are delighted with the decision by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority to grant our application to redevelop our Creamery building, at Hawes.
“The decision recognises and supports our ambition to invest in our business to ensure efficiency, capability and sustainability, but most importantly create a viable legacy for cheesemaking in Wensleydale for future generations.
“We have been producing cheese from the current Creamery building for 60 years and our exciting redevelopment plans will contribute to the sustainable growth of our business and in turn the Wensleydale economy.
“The backing of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is the first stage in our plan to deliver a showcase facility for handcrafted cheese production and as a tourism destination for fans of the brand, that we are truly proud of.
“The next stage is to responsibly work through the projects financials, agree final specification details with planning officers and confirm an appropriate timescale for the redevelopment work to commence.”
The plans will see all cheese production moved to the Hawes site, on Gayle Lane, with the firm’s other dairy in Kirkby Malzeard, near Ripon, handling blending, order packing and dispatching.
Improved viewing facilities for visitors will be created at the new-look Creamery, with the company hoping it will become a leading tourist attraction.