Decision to be made on Prolog revisions

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A decision on changes to planning obligations on Prolog’s £50million Sudbury development will be made on Wednesday.

The logistics company’s plans to create two office and warehouse buildings in Church Field Road, Chilton – providing 500 new jobs – were approved in May last year by Babergh District Council.

Negotiations between the company, which employs 430 people at its warehouse and office premises in Sudbury, and Babergh District Council over section 106 contributions – cash to mitigate the development’s impact – have been continuing and the latest changes will be debated on Wednesday.

The revisions have been recommended for approval. They include starting the construction of the smaller of the two buildings within three years and ensuring it is capable of occupation within a year of building work starting – a proposed increase from the initial agreement of two years.

Prolog is also seeking to change the agreement to state it must: “Use reasonable endeavours to maintain existing staffing and increase the number of full-time staff employed in the Sudbury area by a further 500, to have effect only during Prolog’s occupation of both buildings.”

Other proposed clauses include that both buildings are not to be occupied by anyone other than Prolog or the current site owner for 18 months after they are fit for use, as well as payments of £72,000, £15,000 and £25,000 for a planting belt and cycle paths.

The latest round of consultations saw Chilton Parish Council and Sudbury Town Council both object to the revisions.

Babergh’s economic development manager has reported that 500 jobs could lead to £45million boost to the area’s economy.