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Babergh leader voices preference for keeping Delphi site in Sudbury for industrial use, but confirms district council will consider all applications

Babergh District Council believes a major industrial site in Sudbury, which is set to be sold to a property developer, should remain as employment land, but added it is open to any lawful planning applications for the site.

Delphi Diesel Systems announced last month its plan to sell the plant in Newton Road to the Charterhouse Property Group, which intends to clear the site for remedial works, raising fresh concerns about the future of hundreds of jobs.

The announcement has received opposition from the South Suffolk Taskforce, including local MP James Cartlidge and Sudbury councillor Jack Owen, who both called on Babergh’s planning committee to reject any application to build homes on the site.

Delphi Diesel Systems Ltd, Newton Road, Sudbury Picture Mark Westley. (15484011)
Delphi Diesel Systems Ltd, Newton Road, Sudbury Picture Mark Westley. (15484011)

Council’s leader John Ward, who is also part of the taskforce, said he agreed with their preference to keep the site for industrial use after Delphi departs, in line with the conclusions of a report by consultants Carter Jonas.

He did not, however, specifically rule out other kinds of development on the Delphi site, stating the planning committee would give full consideration to other proposals.

“The options appraisal commissioned by Babergh determined the most financially viable options for the site were the replacement of the existing building with a new mixed commercial scheme, followed by a mixed commercial and residential scheme,” said Cllr Ward.

“The former was preferable to Babergh as it conformed with the listing in our emerging joint local plan of the Delphi factory site as a protected strategic employment site, but, as the local planning authority, we will consider any application that meets legal requirements and welcome progress with the site.”

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