Jaynic wins consent for 114-acre Suffolk Park
St Edmundsbury Borough Council has granted outline planning consent for the 114-acre Suffolk Park business scheme at Bury St Edmunds.
The site is adjacent to the new Eastern Relief Road leading to Junction 45 of the A14 which will accommodate up to two million sq ft of business, distribution and industrial space.
The council granted Jaynic, as development promoter, outline consent for B1 (office, research & development and light industrial) and B8 (warehousing, storage and distribution) development, together with reserved matters approval for the main internal road linking the Eastern Relief Road with Lady Miriam Way South plus site-wide framework landscaping. The site has Enterprise Zone status on 35 acres.
The outline consent includes some B2 (manufacturing) space on the 10-acre site pre-sold to Treatt at the beginning of this year, which will be the subject of a separate reserved matters application shortly.
Treatt, one of the world’s longest established ingredient solutions providers to the flavour, fragrance and personal care industries, has been based in Bury St Edmunds since 1971.
The company is currently located across seven acres and six separate units in Northern Way and will consolidate its operations into a new 200,000 sq ft global headquarters facility to be constructed within the Enterprise Zone. Further B2 development may be possible for named occupiers, subject to planning.
Nic Rumsey of Jaynic, says: “We are grateful for the active support and assistance of St Edmundsbury that has enabled us to present a planning application that could be granted planning consent within only three months.
“This consent proves that Suffolk Park is a reality. It is currently the only major allocated employment site in Bury St Edmunds with an outline planning permission.
“We have already sold a substantial site to this major local company and talks are progressing with other interested parties.
“The site is unique in the town and region for the scale of buildings it can offer. Occupiers requirements for buildings from 10,000 sq ft up to 700,000 sq ft can now be accommodated within 12-15 months from now.”
Daemmon Reeve, Treatt’s Group CEO comments: “We are very excited about the development of our new global headquarters. Our results are showing substantial progress year on year with new business wins and a strong performance across all our categories.
“We employ around 200 staff and having operated here for nearly 50 years we were very keen to remain in Bury St Edmunds, particularly in view of the commitment to business growth by St Edmundsbury Borough Council, the New Anglia LEP and other stakeholders.
“The planned investment of between £21 million and £31m (net of disposing of the current site) will enable us to have facilities which are not only very impressive but also fit for purpose for the future.”
Jaynic has already gone out to tender for the infrastructure works with the intention of having the chosen contractor on site so that the main estate road between the Eastern Relief Road and Lady Miriam Way and associated infrastructure works are completed by the end of 2017.
Individual occupier’s buildings, subject to reserved matters approval, can start while the infrastructure works are ongoing. This means companies could be in occupation and operational early in 2018.