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Drive-through restaurant suggested for Bury St Edmunds household waste recycling centre, as site put up for sale

A Bury St Edmunds household waste recycling centre could house a drive-through restaurant, hotel or care home, say property consultants charged with selling the site.

The Rougham Hill tip is for sale as a development opportunity, ahead of the new operation waste hub at Hollow Road Farm opening later this year.

Property consultants Carter Jonas have been instructed to sell the 3.59-acre Bury St Edmunds site, which is owned by West Suffolk Council and let to Suffolk County Council. The plot is expected to be vacant in spring 2020 at the latest.

Waste recycling centre on ROugham Hill. (13871356)
Waste recycling centre on ROugham Hill. (13871356)

Councillor Peter Stevens, West Suffolk Council cabinet member for operations, said: “As part of our plans for ensuring West Suffolk’s waste services can manage predicted growth, we are replacing some of our sites with a new combined facility on the outskirts of Bury. This is a partnership between West Suffolk Council and Suffolk County Council, which operates the current household waste recycling centre (HWRC) on the site at Rougham Hill.

"Once the new hub is operational, the HWRC will transfer there leaving this site unoccupied.”

Ben Le Coq, Carter Jonas associate, said: “Rougham Hill is a unique opportunity for an investor or developer to acquire a site for development.

"It would suit a variety of end uses including food and beverage drive-through, hotel, care home or light industrial.”

The site is adjacent to junction 44 of the A14 in a mixed-use area, with light industrial units and the Animal Health Veterinary Laboratories Agency to the east while a residential development is envisaged to the south.

- The West Suffolk Operational Hub project (WSOH) has been short-listed in the national Considerate Contractors Scheme Ultra Site Awards.

Morgan Sindall Construction’s project team was nominated in the community engagement and workplace wellbeing categories. The winning projects will be announced on Thursday.

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