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1 December, 2011 - 14:14 By News Desk

1,000-job Haverhill scheme backed by planners

Nic Rumsey of Carisbrooke Investments

Up to 1,000 new jobs could be created in Haverhill as a result of planning permission  being given for a 450,000 sq ft research park, 150 homes and a 60-bed hotel, says Paul Sutton, head of planning at Cheffins, who has nursed the scheme through the planning process.

Probably the biggest single development scheme in Haverhill for many years, it was given the go ahead by St Edmundsbury Borough Council. Cheffins expects infrastructure work to start on site early in the New Year.

The council approved four planning applications, submitted by the Cheffins planning and development team on behalf of Carisbrooke Investments, for the site of almost 30 acres in Hanchett End, alongside the Spirit of Enterprise roundabout on the A1307.

The permissions will be subject to a Section 106 Agreement, which will require certain contributions to be made towards education, health care facilities, libraries and waste management, along with footpath/cycleway improvements and the implementation of Travel Plans. The agreement will also cover the phasing of the development and the provision of the affordable homes.

Nic Rumsey of Carisbrooke Investments, which developed the original Cambridge Research Park at Waterbeach, said: “I am confident that this development will be a key ingredient in securing the long term prosperity of Haverhill, eventually creating up to 1,000 new jobs in the high-technology, research and business services sector, and attracting significant inward investment to the town.”  

The Haverhill area has a well-established technology based workforce and the new research park will be geographically close to the South Cambridgeshire hi-tech clusters at Great Chesterford, Babraham and Granta Park, to which many employees commute from Haverhill.  

The new scheme is expected to compete strongly with these facilities in terms of environmental and architectural quality, and rental value.  

Carisbrooke has a strong track record having already created Haverhill Business Park, which currently provides nearly 400,000 sq ft of production, warehouse and office space. The firm is also the force behind the 43-acre University of Essex Knowledge Gateway – the new home for the social sciences, research and development and for business space in Essex and anchored by the University of Essex sponsored Institute for Democracy and Conflict Resolution.

Joint letting agents for the Haverhill development will be Cambridge surveyors Cheffins and Carter Jonas.

For more details contact Nic Rumsey of Carisbrooke Investments: Tel: 020 7493 6774; Paul Sutton of Cheffins: Tel: 01223 271985; Philip Woolner of Cheffins: Tel: 01223 271910.

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Nic Rumsey of Carisbrooke Investments

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