Bramford: Fisons scheme heading for planners

Proposals to redevelop the former Fisons factory in Paper Mill Lane between Bramford and Claydon are expected to be decided early next year.

The site contains the largest single listed building in the county – the former Fisons wooden-clad factory building which has been disused for several years.

Proposals for the site were unveiled earlier this year by Paper Mill Lane Properties. The former Fisons building would be converted into a business centre employing 25 people directly and offering accommodation for other firms with up to 335 employees.

Newer industrial buildings on the site would be demolished, and the area would be redeveloped with between 130 and 150 new homes.

The formal application for the scheme has now been submitted to Mid Suffolk council.

It is currently being checked by planning officers and is expected to be validated within the next fortnight.

Once it is formally validated it has to be discussed by members of the council’s planning committee within the next 16 weeks – by the second half of February.

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The plans were unveiled with public exhibitions sponsored by Paper Mill Lane Properties earlier in the year and the council is expected to seek public reaction before officers draw up a recommendation for councillors.

The �20million scheme has required special investigations because of fears that it could be vulnerable from flooding on the River Gipping, but full reports have been prepared to go with the planning application.

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