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Could a new business park be created near Orwell Crossing on A14?

PUBLISHED: 15:07 03 January 2018

The Orwell Crossing truck stop could have a new business park built behind it. Picture: ARCHANT

The Orwell Crossing truck stop could have a new business park built behind it. Picture: ARCHANT

A proposal to build a new business park on the outskirts of Ipswich is set to be discussed by Suffolk Coastal planners over the next two months.

But there have already been significant objections to the proposals to develop 26 hectares of land behind the Orwell Crossing truck stop at Nacton.

The site is between the A14 and the Ipswich to Felixstowe rail line – and the proposal is to use the existing entrance to the Orwell Crossing cafe from the main road.

The developers want to build units for storage and distribution companies at the site which is also next to the Ransomes Europark industrial estate.

The site is currently the location of a former piggery and also some green fields – but in the local plan for Suffolk Coastal it is earmarked for possible employment use.

However there are objections to the proposal from Suffolk Highways which is concerned that a development there would put additional strains on the Seven Hills and Nacton interchanges on the A14.

The site would have access from the A14, but only to eastbound traffic. Vehicles arriving from the Felixstowe direction or leaving to head west would have to use one of the existing junctions to complete a 360 degree turn.

The Land Group, which is the main management company for Ransomes Europark, has also made a representation saying that while it does not object in principle to the development it is concerned about some elements of the proposal.

It says it would not be prepared to have any link between the existing business park and the new development – either road or pedestrian – because this could compromise the security of Ransomes Europark.

It would not want Ransomes Europark to become a cut-through to the new development because there is already increasing congestion on their site.

Although the site is in the Suffolk Coastal district, Ipswich council is a consultee – and will be discussing the proposal at its planning and development committee next week.

A spokesman for Suffolk Coastal said there was no clear timetable for the application to be discussed by its councillors. The earliest it could be considered was February – but it was possible that it would not be ready to be formally considered until the early spring.

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