Businesses in Babergh could benefit from new workspaces at a key location in Hadleigh following a decision from Babergh District Council to progress the development of 1.5 acres of allocated employment land. 

Situated on the A1071 at Ipswich Road, Hadleigh, the land could support a convenience retail until and approximately 10 light industrial or workspace units for a range of uses including by micro and start-up businesses.

It is hoped that this employment site could create almost 50 full time jobs as well as opportunities for young people and apprentices, providing a boost to the local economy post covid. 

The land was acquired as part of a S106 agreement with Persimmon Homes, who are developing 57 homes at the adjoining housing development scheme which is due for completion in summer 2022.

Commenting on the decision, Cllr Michael Holt, cabinet member for economic growth said:

“This land has the potential to provide much needed workspace and employment opportunities for the community in Hadleigh and the surrounding area. 

“As part of our Invest in Hadleigh programme, the Council are taking a lead to support both new and existing businesses to grow as well as identifying ways to bring new job opportunities to the area.”

Artist’s impressions of the how the employment land could be developed (Picture BDC)

Data from MENTA’s post-Covid report indicated that demand is still outstripping supply for small affordable workspace units in the local area.

Some preliminary concept and design work has already identified how the site can accommodate both a retail unit and workspaces. 

Following Babergh District Council’s cabinets decision, the next stage will be to undertake detailed design concepts, preliminary marketing work as well as necessary surveys and ground investigations. Once completed, plans will be presented to Babergh District Council’s cabinet for approval before any development work can be commenced.

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