Industrial estate is set to expand

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A DEVELOPER has been granted permission by planning officials to extend a Needham Market industrial estate.

Peter Colby Commercials Ltd had an application to extend the Lion Barn industrial estate approved on Wednesday at a Mid Suffolk District Council planning committee meeting.

The outline application plans, to build an additional 75 units at the industrial estate, were approved subject to conditions, and with reserved matters such as appearance, layout and landscaping, still to be discussed.

The submission would see the current industrial estate expand by 8,545sq m, building new business units on unused scrub land between the B1113 and the main railway line.

Planning officers advised the committee that they were ‘comfortable’ with the plans, but recommended that £10,000 in Section 106 investment from the developer would be ‘reasonable’.

The plans, including raising the land level, creating new vehicle and pedestrian access and providing parking facilities for each unit, were referred to the committee after the professional lead officer deemed them to be ‘controversial’.

Needham Market Town Council expressed concerns about the aesthetics, parking and sewage system and Barking Parish Council opposed the plans.

The submission details that the buildings will be single-storey and ‘built as shells’ allowing future tenants and buyers to fit them out as they wish.

A statement submitted with the application said: “The proposed buildings will present a crisp and modern appearance that will sit comfortable within the site and to reflect the efficient character of the businesses that will occupy them.”