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Hospital could unlock land for firms

PUBLISHED: 17:36 19 December 2001 | UPDATED: 11:04 03 March 2010

APPROVAL of plans for a £12 million community hospital in Suffolk could help boost a town's industrial prospects, say planners.

The proposed location at Sudbury is on 24 acres of land earmarked for industry, two thirds of which will be surplus to the requirements of West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

APPROVAL of plans for a £12 million community hospital in Suffolk could help boost a town's industrial prospects, say planners.

The proposed location at Sudbury is on 24 acres of land earmarked for industry, two thirds of which will be surplus to the requirements of West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust.

If the trust purchases the site from international pharmaceuticals group Bayer, it will immediately make the spare employment land available for re-sale, helping firms that have been held up from buying sites in the town.

Four years ago the land was bought from Suffolk County Council by American bio-technology company Chiron Diagnostics for a European headquarters, but after a take-over by Bayer the plan was dropped.

The site has remained unused, along with several other privately purchased plots on the Chilton Industrial Estate, leading to a shortage of employment sites for other firms interested in expanding. It has forced Babergh District Council to propose zoning another 25 acres of land for industry.

Now, district planners point out the hospital move will act as a catalyst for getting the rest of the site used for employment.

Christine Thurlow, a senior planner with the district, is recommending approval for the hospital scheme on the corner of Waldingfield Road and Churchfield Road in a report being considered by councillors today. .

Mrs Thurlow says use of the site for a community hospital and employment is regarded as acceptable, subject to conditions, including a green travel plan and acoustic buffers between the hospital and employment area.

The trust's application points out that although all health care operations in the town will be concentrated on the site, compared with three locations at present, the number of jobs will reduce from 192 to 150.


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