Delivery of 500 jobs is shrouded in fresh doubt

Doubts have been cast over the future of a development – expected to create 500 jobs – by Sudbury distribution and packaging firm Prolog.

The company received permission to invest £50million in building two office and industrial units in Church Field Road in May.

Planning consent was granted against a backdrop of conditions relating to a section 106 agreement – money that Prolog must pay to offset the impact of the development.

Bosses at the firm are now seeking to amend a number of these conditions – a request that was flatly turned down by Sudbury Town Council on Tuesday.

“It seems Prolog has another agenda and it may sell the site or not create the jobs,” said councillor Lesley Ford-Platt.

“The revisions suggest the firm is not being entirely honest about its intentions and I am extremely sceptical.”

Amendments put forward by Prolog include asking for up to seven years before making the site operational. The firm has also revealed that some of the development would be funded by third party debt.

Jan Osborne accused the firm of “moving the goal posts”.

“It looks as if there are not going to be 500 jobs, if any jobs,” she said.

Andy Welsh said a number of councillors were approaching a decision with an “anti-Prolog” mindset.

“We might be scuppering the entire thing (by rejecting the revisions),” he said. “That might please some people, but there is a chance of 500 jobs.”

Councillors voted unanimously to object to the amendments.