HUNDREDS of jobs are set to be created after plans for a £50million development in Sudbury were given the go-ahead.
The town’s distribution and packaging firm Prolog had its application to build industrial units in Church Field Road approved yesterday – despite objections that work on the site opposite the Chilton Industrial Estate would have a significant impact on nearby heritage assets.
Babergh District Council’s development committee ruled that the benefits of the proposals, which involve the construction of office and warehouse buildings to create 500 jobs, outweighed the potential damage caused to the setting of the Grade I listed St Mary’s Church and Grade II listed Chilton Hall.
Case officer Nick Ward said that although the development would cause “substantial harm”, exceptional circumstances were at play given the rise in employment opportunities which the development would bring.
Robert Audley, chief executive of Prolog, which has operated in Sudbury for more than 30 years, said: “It is not our intention to cause harm but to provide something that will help Sudbury, create hundreds of jobs and provide training and development opportunities.”
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