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Farm buildings in Sudbury and Cockfield, near Bury St Edmunds, could swap to industrial use

Two farm buildings, in Sudbury and Cockfield, could become industrial buildings.

The first site, Rookery Farm, is accessed through Melford Road, in Sudbury, with the second, Parsonage Green Farm, being accessed through Howe Lane, in Bury St Edmunds.

The planning applications were both received by Babergh District Council on Friday and validated the next day.

Rookery Farm (Google Maps)
Rookery Farm (Google Maps)

The applicants, represented by Claxton Planning Services and Wilkinson Planning respectively, are seeking their respective sites' use to be changed from agricultural to class E, light industrial.

These are buildings typically used to produce smaller consumer goods and are considered to have a lesser environmental impact, allowing them to be near residential areas.

Both applications state the change would not lead to any 'significant' or 'material' negative impacts on the residents of their areas.

Parsonage Green Farm (Brighter Planning Consultancy)
Parsonage Green Farm (Brighter Planning Consultancy)

In turn, the application mentions the economic benefits to the local economy 'before, during, and most significantly after construction'.

The plans for these sites, however, are still unclear as both applications wait for a decision from Babergh District Council.