Proposals for a £30million project to turn Suffolk into one of the country’s largest tomato producers have been put forward.

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Sterling Suffolk, the company behind the project, plans to build two commercial greenhouses on land next to the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Bramford.

The greenhouses would cover an area of almost 50 acres and would produce 7,500 tonnes of tomatoes a year – helping to meet the huge demand for locally-grown British produce, the company has said.

The project, which would create more than 200 jobs, has the backing of The Greenery, one of the main distributers buying and selling salad produce throughout the UK and Europe, as well as SITA UK and Suffolk County Council, partners in the Suffolk energy-from-waste facility, which would provide heat for the greenhouses.

Michael Blakenham, from Sterling Suffolk, said: “The glasshouses will provide the base-load for developing a district heating system. In addition the reduction in food miles, the ability to grow all-year-round British quality tomatoes and to utilise

substantial quantities of heat, that would otherwise have been wasted, first attracted me to the project.

“We have been heartened by the level of support received at two public meetings attended by well over 100 people. We have also had several meetings with residents most closely affected by the plan and have done our best to mitigate their concerns.

“One concern was traffic on the B1113, so we have looked very carefully at what could be done to improve safety on that road.

“As a result, in our planning application we have made a number of suggestions, which we would help fund. They include new road markings to reduce the width of the carriageway and thus help reduce vehicle speeds and prevent dangerous overtaking, a cycle lane in both directions and a central refuge making it easier for pedestrians and cyclists to cross.”

The proposals have been submitted to Mid Suffolk District Council.

6 comments

  • Ginge it was not ALL of the locals it was a loud Minority ie It was a certain Michael Blakenham who would not sell any of his land to SNoasis and expected to buy the old chalk pits from Blue circle for peanuts so he could carry on farming the area when the snoasis consortium bought the land he was upset and done what he could to stop it ! Michael Blakenham is also known as Lord Blakenham ! As for the incinerator this was land that was owned by suffolk county council the locals did object but how can you fight the council!!!! although to be fair the incinerator will probably billowing less gas to the air than a 10 year old car !

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    penfold the mole

    Tuesday, December 17, 2013

  • Please can somebody please tell me why the locals objected so vehemently to Snoasis. But build a wapping great smoke bilowing power plant burning rubbish, a huge set of greenhouses which will suck the heat out of said power plant. Yet this all goes through on a nod and a wink.

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    The Ginge

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • The Michael Blakenham is he the one and the same who put up such a fight against snoasis!? saying such things like it will ruin the countyr side and bring in more traffic etc etc etc! i wonder if he was against snoasis as he had other plans for that piece of land !

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    penfold the mole

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Miguel I don't think you have to guess we all know what's going to hit us after the 1st of January

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    pandy

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • Who is going to get those 200 jobs ???? let me guess

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    MIGUEL100

    Monday, December 16, 2013

  • solar panels are more important.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Monday, December 16, 2013

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