More objections to depot than SnOasis

MORE people have objected to plans for a 24-hour container depot in mid-Suffolk than there were against the SnOasis winter sports complex.Mid Suffolk District Council is considering whether to grant outline planning permission for the distribution container park next to the A1120 at Creeting St Peter, near Stowmarket.

MORE people have objected to plans for a 24-hour container depot in mid-Suffolk than there were against the SnOasis winter sports complex.

Mid Suffolk District Council is considering whether to grant outline planning permission for the distribution container park next to the A1120 at Creeting St Peter, near Stowmarket.

If approved, it would take five years to complete and include warehousing, container storage areas and rail sidings which developers say will create local jobs.

But the authority has been swamped with 1,000 letters from residents - more than they received during the consultation into the £300million SnOasis plan at Great Blakenham, near Ipswich, detailing fears of a 24 hour operation, noise and pollution.

A district council spokeswoman said that due to the amount of interest shown in the application, the consultation period has been extended. The town council is also planning to hold a public meeting.

Bidwells, acting for Stowmarket Multi Modal Distribution Park Ltd of Norwich, said a depot would create new jobs.

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It said the vast majority of freight was currently moved around the region by road and the new development created an opportunity for more to switch to rail.

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