Backing for new brewery depot
By Jenni DixonA PLAN for a multi-million-pound eco-friendly brewery distribution centre has been given the support of council planning officers.Adnams Brewery is planning to spend £5million on building a distribution depot, vehicle workshop, cellar service, offices and 215-space car park at the former gravel works off Halesworth Road in Reydon.
By Jenni Dixon
A PLAN for a multi-million-pound eco-friendly brewery distribution centre has been given the support of council planning officers.
Adnams Brewery is planning to spend £5million on building a distribution depot, vehicle workshop, cellar service, offices and 215-space car park at the former gravel works off Halesworth Road in Reydon.
The new 2,382sqm warehouse will double the capacity at the present distribution centre in Victoria Street, Southwold, as well as keeping 500 lorries and 50 staff cars a week out of the town centre.
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Planning permission for the centre was granted on the 85 acres of grazing grassland in 1996, but the development has been amended by Adnams to minimise its environmental impact in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The scheme includes a number of environmental benefits, such as filtering and recycling all non-drinking water, draining the nearby reed beds, using "green" electricity, biomass heating and solar hot water heating, installing low flush toilets and even harvesting rainwater to wash vehicles.
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But the most groundbreaking alteration is the main centre's curved grass roof, which will provide thermal insulation and water retention.
Tom Woolley, principal planning officer at Waveney District Council, said: "The former gravel pit sits low in the surrounding landscape and would ensure that the development would not detract from the AONB. The revised proposal must be welcomed for the many environmental benefits it offers."
Although national and local planning policies are against new industrial development in the open countryside, Mr Woolley added: "The benefits of continued and additional local employment and the removal of a significant amount of lorries from Southwold town centre outweigh the objection."
Sue Allen, deputy town mayor of Southwold, said: "The council are obviously pleased that Adnams are still a vital cog in Southwold's wheel and jobs will be safeguarded in the area."
Barrie Remblance, chairman of Reydon Parish Council, added: "Some pretty big lorries go through Reydon and into Southwold and this will help both ways as now they will only come to the outskirts of Reydon."
A new access road from Halesworth Road has already been built and the brewery hoped in the future to build a new racking facility on the site, where beer kegs will be cleaned and filled.
The plan will be discussed by the district council's rural area development control committee on Wednesday and if councillors agree to follow with their officers' recommendation, the centre will open in late 2005.