Work has begun on what will soon be the world’s largest fresh milk dairy, after the diggers moved in on Arla Foods’ planned site in Aylesbury.

The news comes after Arla was given the green light in December after agreeing planning conditions with the local authority.

“In addition to it being one of the largest construction projects in the UK, we have ambitions for it to be the world’s first zero-carbon fresh milk dairy,” said Arla UK chief executive Peter Lauritzen (pictured second left).

When fully operational the site will process one billion litres of fresh milk a year, create 700 new jobs and pay out £20m in wages annually, according to Arla estimates.