We will not abandon Sudbury, says Prolog

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The company behind proposals to create up to 500 jobs with an industrial development in Sudbury claim it has every intention of seeing the plans through.

Prolog has permission to build two warehouses as part of a £50million project in Church Field Road.

Although the contentious proposals were approved in September and agreement reached over a series of conditions earlier this year, fresh doubt has arisen after the High Court granted consent for a judicial review.

This legal challenge hinges on nine conditions, including the agreement between Prolog and Babergh District Council which would allow the firm to sell both warehouses 18 months after they are completed, without occupying them. Objectors believe this would provide the marketing and logistics firm the chance to walk away from the scheme without delivering on its promise of jobs.

But Prolog chairman Robert Audley, said this was not the intention of the company, which employs around 400 people in Milner Road and has operated in the town for more than two decades.

“There is no intention of abandoning this development,” said Mr Audley.

“We have bought the freehold to our headquarters building here in Sudbury and have made expensive improvements to it. We have also renewed a 10-year lease on our Milner Road property.”

He added that all the buildings developed by the firm in the East Midlands, where it also operates, had been occupied by the company.

“We remain entirely committed to the Sudbury area and we will be relentlessly persistent in our bid to get the buildings up and occupied,” Mr Audley said.

Lady Hart and her husband Lord Hart of Chilton Hall claim it was a mistake to grant permission for the 26,385-square-metre development due to the impact on heritage assets.