The £150m dairy near Aylesbury planned by Arla Foods is on track to open by the end of next year after being given the go-ahead by local planners.

Aylesbury Vale District Council’s strategic development control committee gave the plan the nod on Friday. Once built, the dairy will process up to 1.3 billion litres of milk a year and contribute £20m per year in wages to the local economy.

The development would be a state of the art dairy, designed to support Arla’s growth ambitions in the UK, said UK chief executive Peter Lauritzen.

“In addition to being one of the largest construction projects in the UK, our flagship building will also be the world’s first zero-carbon dairy,” he said.

The decision could yet be overturned by communities & local government secretary Eric Pickles. As The Grocer revealed last weekend, his department is weighing up whether to ‘call in’ the decision following a request by a local Tory councillor. A spokesman for the department could not confirm when a decision would be reached.

The council’s strategic development control committee has also delegated an application for a neighbouring distribution depot to council officers.

Applications for industrial floorspace for support buildings and further commercial development have been granted outline planning permission.