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Planning application submitted for mixed use business park

Aerial view of proposed site marked in blue – Photo: Sealand

A planning application has been submitted for 2.45m sq ft of business, warehouse and industrial space at the Gateway 14 site in Stowmarket.

This follows a public consultation exercise last Autumn and is a hybrid-application comprising details for infrastructure and landscaping and outline for the plots. The indicative masterplan shows a sample layout for 2.45m sq ft of buildings.

The park will deliver a range of opportunities for occupiers. New facilities will be available on a bespoke or speculative basis making it the ideal location for R&D, logistics and manufacturing users. The mixed-use park will comprise high-specification space for a wide range of uses, with potential to build, E(g) B2, B units.

It will have the benefit of on-site and local amenities and will also provide access to a strong local and regional labour pool.

Designed to meet today’s business needs whilst preparing for the future, the scheme will feature high-quality landscaping meeting the requirement for a biodiversity net gain of 10%. There will be an enhanced biodiversity zone, to retain the site’s thriving ecology whilst creating a vibrant, attractive, and healthy working environment for employees.

Gateway 14 is a development by Gateway 14 Ltd (wholly owned by Mid Suffolk District Council) and Jaynic that has a strong track record of implementing infrastructure and delivering high quality business and logistics parks on a speculative and bespoke basis in the East Anglian region.

Sir Christopher Haworth, Chairman of Gateway 14 Ltd, said: “This is an important moment for Gateway 14 and Stowmarket. It is a big step forward in the delivery of jobs for the area and will bring huge benefit from the very significant investment that these new buildings will deliver, from a range of occupiers. I hope that these proposals will be fully supported by the local community.”

Councillor Suzie Morley, Leader of Mid Suffolk District Council commented: “This is an exciting opportunity for Stowmarket and the wider Mid Suffolk region. The Gateway 14 development has the potential to attract a range of businesses to the region, creating jobs for the community and providing a boost for the local economy.”

Ben Oughton, development director for Jaynic, said: “We believe this scheme will be a great asset providing hundreds of jobs in the region on this important trunk road between the UK motorway network and the major ferry port of Felixstowe. We already have significant interest from companies wanting space at G14.”

Jaynic is hoping to appoint contractors to go on site in June upon grant of planning consent to construct the estate road infrastructure, services and landscaping. It could be delivering buildings by the first quarter of 2022.

The landmark development is strategically located in a prime position along the A14, perfectly situated for logistics and manufacturing. The A14 provides access to Ipswich and Felixstowe, as well as the A12 and the wider national motorway network. Gateway 14 bridges the gap between the Midlands and one of Europe’s largest and busiest container ports at Felixstowe and is the country’s primary route for export to European and global markets, opening gateways to business.

42-acres (17HA) of Gateway 14 has designated enterprise zone and food Enterprise status, giving businesses the resources to flourish, and regional economies the opportunity to grow. Incentives include business rates relief of up to £275,000 over five years.

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