Proposals for Aspall Cyder to expand business with £6million press room are examined

Designer Nigel Gates, chairman Barry Chevallier Guild, managing director Des Smith and planning cons

Designer Nigel Gates, chairman Barry Chevallier Guild, managing director Des Smith and planning consultant Erica Whettingsteel were on hand to answer questions during a public exhibition for Aspall Suffolk's new press room - Credit: Su Anderson

Multi-million pound proposals to expand a well-known drinks firm will be delayed to allow time to account for residents’ views to be heard.

Aspall Cyder, which is based in the village of Aspall, near Debenham, is set to invest £6million in a new press room so it can increase apple juice production from 2.5million litres a year to 10million.

On Wednesday evening, around 30 people attended a public exhibition on the proposals.

Managing director, Des Smith, said those views would be taken into account but to do so would mean a two-week delay on applying for planning permission.

“We do want to consider the views but do it in the right way and take everyone into consideration,” he said.


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The application is due to be submitted in January.

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