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Business park a step closer

By Martin Chapman on Saturday, 25th May 2002.

A sixty-four acre site, one million square feet of development and up to 4,000 jobs; The Haverhill Business park is now one step closer with planning consent being granted.

The 64 acre site next to the A1307 straddles the Suffolk/Essex border has potential to include a variety of warehousing, office and warehousing units, alongside a hotel, restaurant and petrol station.

Carisbrooke Investments the developed of the site has signed agreements with both local councils, St Edmundsbury and Braintree to provide improvements for the community. These include a traffic management scheme, landscaping, cycle routes, and a wild grassland area.

MP Richard Spring and Nic Rumsey, director of Carrisbrooke, led celebrations after the planning consent was approved.

Mr Spring said: “"I have been supportive of this development since the beginning and am delighted to see Haverhill Business Park going ahead. The council is promoting a brighter future for Haverhill and the business park is a key part of this.”

Upbeat about Haverhill’s future Nic Rumsey said: “The planning consent is great news, both for us and for Haverhill, and reflects the town's tremendous prospects as a growing location in East Anglia."

He added that negotiations were already under way with a number of interested groups.

St Edmundsbury Councillor, Gerry Kiernan supported the project saying the site was crucial to the success of the town. He said: “We want employment in the town as housing grows and this site has got to deliver on that.”

The Park will be developed over a number of years and it is not expected that the Hotel site will be taken up until commercial use begins.

Haverhill Weekly News

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