Developer: Headlam group plc
Price: £15 million
A planning application for the construction of a new distribution centre comprising of 11,500sqm of warehousing was submitted in 2016 and was approved in January 2017, despite local opposition. Headlam, whom own Faithfulls Flooring, will move the existing distribution centre in Hadleigh, to a new site behind Anglia Retail Park which backs onto Old Norwich Road. The company hope the distribution centre will be operational in 2019 and say it will create 80 new jobs.
The proposal was met with criticism, mostly from residents living in Old Norwich Road who were concerned by the size of the development, noise and light pollution, and flooding and drainage. Other criticisms included the fact that 80 new jobs included those relocating from the Hadleigh centre, so questions were raised about the actual amount of new jobs being created. 30 conditions were imposed on the application, most to ensure that impact on neighbours was minimised. The proposal was accepted as councillors believed the area was well suited for a distribution centre, with its quick access to the A14.
Images: BDP Architects