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Burberry shelves plans for weaving facility in Leeds

Luxury brand Burberry has confirmed it will sell a 10-acre site in Leeds that it had earmarked as the site of a new £50-million weaving facility.

It first announced plans to build this facility at the end of 2015. It would have allowed the company to continue to build its iconic Heritage trench coat in Yorkshire, where it has been manufacturing for more than 50 years.

It postponed construction of the site in July 2016 following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU), a process that is still ongoing nearly three years later.

Confirming that this project will not go ahead, Burberry insisted the decision was not related to Brexit. Its chief operating and financial officer, Julie Brown, said: “We can confirm that we have decided to sell the land we own in central Leeds. After a detailed review, we concluded that the site is not suitable to support our plans.”

She added, however, that the brand is “committed to Yorkshire and the UK”, explaining that it will invest in its existing manufacturing operations in Castleford and Keighley.