Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 10°C

Search

Stowmarket: Mid Suffolk votes in favour of major business site at Mill Lane

18:44 11 March 2014

Stowmarket looking north over the new bridge over the railway line

Stowmarket looking north over the new bridge over the railway line

© Mike Page all rights reserved. Before any use is made of this image including display, publication, broadcast, syndication or

A “golden opportunity” is available for businesses after major proposals to provide up to 3,000 jobs on a 195 acre site were approved.

Companies are already interested in basing themselves at the new Mill Lane site, according to Mid Suffolk District Council, after councillors voted through the plans in Stowmarket.

The council met to discuss a development brief which gives a detailed outline to developers seeking to invest in the site on what can be built.

Derrick Haley, leader of Mid Suffolk, said: “This is an important site for the growth in the area. It’s no good to keep building houses without some employment. It’s a win-win situation and something we need to get on with - I’ve said before that it’s something we’ve needed for a long time. It’s a golden opportunity for us to push on as soon as possible.”

Sara Michell, councillor for Rickinghall and Walsham, said: “This is a golden opportunity for Stowmarket, I think it will help the economy in the area and be a great opportunity for jobs locally which is much better than people having to travel to work.”

Paul Munson, planning consultant for Mid Suffolk and Babergh district councils, told the meeting: “We know there’s interest from some companies who wish to locate to the site. It’s important to put the brief in place as a supplementary planning document as soon as possible.”

He said the two “key issues” residents identified through the proposal’s consultation were over the connection of the site’s two phases. Mr Munson said planners were working to provide a “connective corridor” between the phases but it was ultimately up to the land owners.

Several concerns were flagged by residents of Clamp Farm where there are listed buildings. Concerns over how residents’ privacy and how the site could visually impact upon the farm have been aired.

Mr Munson said work was being done to “address some of the concerns” expressed by residents.

Councillors, Diana Kearsley, John Field, Penny Otton and Andrew Stringer all raised why electricity cables would be going via overhead cables to be connected to the grid.

Mr Munson said he had been told it would cost “many millions of pounds” for the cables to be placed underground and if it had been made a planning requirement then no developers would be interested.

The site is 195 acres (79 hectares) big but 97 acres (39.5 hectares) will be for business, the rest for infrastructure and landscaping.

Initial expectations are for phase one to be complete by 2017, with phase two by 2027 at the latest.

Mid Suffolk voted unanimously in favour of the development brief.

The development brief is required before any planning applications can be submitted.

0 comments

Dean Stansby pictured with his former partner Haley Phair and their son Rocky, five. Picture: Brendan Taylor at Taylor Made Portraits

The heartbroken family of a father-of-five who was killed near Ipswich railway station have paid tribute to him.

Reported stabbing on Virginia Street in Ipswich. Picture: Staff

A man in his early 40s is in hospital tonight after he was stabbed in Ipswich.

Lola, a pet cat from Ipswich who has had her ears cut off. Picture: RSPCA

Police and the RSPCA are urging residents to come forward after a cat was found near her home with both ears cut.

Launch of Suffolk Armed Forces Weekend at Felixstowe - members of the team orgainsing the event gathered on the seafront after a meeting to look at the latest programme for the event being staged on June 24-25

A Suffolk seaside town is to hold a double celebration with a military theme this summer – a two-day spectacle of music, battle re-enactments, food and fireworks for all ages to enjoy.

Elvis Fair leaving Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant

A Suffolk hairdressing salon owner gave hundreds of pounds to an alleged conman she met on a dating website after he offered to help her with her financial affairs, a court has heard.

Peter and Sylvia Stuart. Picture: SUFFOLK POLICE

Fingerprints taken from a man arrested on suspicion of murdering Weybread couple Peter and Sylvia Stuart were found on a car which had the couple’s DNA in it, it has been alleged.

Sidegate Lane in Ipswich

A teenage boy was knocked over by a car in Ipswich today and suffered a minor head injury.

Baroness Murphy of Aldgate

An East Anglian peer has warned advocates of a second European Union referendum that they are “playing with fire”.

Comic Relief's big red nose spent Tuesday 
February 21 visiting Ipswich. The big red
 nose started his journey at Broke Hall Primary
 School before   taking  in all the sites of the town and
 even got into Portman Road, home of Ipswich Town Football Club.

Adults and youngsters across Ipswich have been showing their support for next month’s Red Nose Day, as Comic Relief’s DJ Boogie made a special visit.

Beacon House, in Ipswich, where the inquest took place.

A 21-year-old woman who collapsed at a mental health hospital in Suffolk died of natural causes, an inquest has ruled.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24