Haverhill: Research Park site acquired by Marston’s pub chain

A PUB chain will open a branch on a west Suffolk development site that is expected to provide up to 2,000 jobs and homes for 350 people.

Carisbrooke Investments, the property development company behind the 30-acre Haverhill Research Park, has announced it has sold a patch of land to Marston’s Inns and Taverns for a new family pub and restaurant.

The pub company, which described the move as “exciting”, is already in the process of developing its proposals and will submit a detailed planning application in the coming weeks.

The East Anglian Daily Times reported last month how Carisbrooke had sold 9.17acres of the park to homebuilder Taylor Wimpey to help finance the construction of infrastructure of the �100million scheme.

They are also in the process of completing their application for detailed planning permission.

Mike West, Marston’s Inns and Taverns estates manager, said: “This is an exciting time for us, we are the only pub company that is embarking on such a large programme of quality, family-focused new-build pubs.

“The Haverhill Research Park will be a great development when it’s completed and we are pleased that we will be part of it.”

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Andrew Anderson, development manager at Carisbrooke Investments, said: “We are delighted to welcome Marston’s to Haverhill Research Park.

“Its presence will provide a valuable amenity for those who live and work at Haverhill Research Park, which on completion, will provide up to 2,000 jobs and homes for over 350 people”.

Anne Gower, cabinet member at St Edmundsbury Borough Council and chair of One Haverhill Board, said the chain’s decision would bring jobs to the town and provide a “family-friendly” pub for those moving on to the development.

She added: “Haverhill has been anticipating this development and this news makes it seem more real.”

Work on the infrastructure and landscaping of the park – which when completed will provide 450,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space – will begin shortly.