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Woolpit-based sewerage company granted permission for new Ipswich depot, bringing 180 jobs to the town

A new depot for a Woolpit-based sewerage company is to be created in Ipswich after planning permission was granted on Wednesday, bringing up to 180 jobs to the town.

Ipswich Borough Council’s planning and development committee approved the plans to develop employment land behind Anglia Retail Park into a depot for Industrial Waste Jetting Systems – a firm specialising in industrial cleaning, sewerage work and waste management.

The development will also feature office space and workshop facilities alongside the depot yard.

ARP Depot (50603622)
ARP Depot (50603622)

Agents Planning Direct in the application said: “This development would create 180 jobs based in Ipswich which would be a significant boost to the local economy.

“The use is supported in principle by the local plan allocations. Retail would be

inappropriate in this backland situation. The site is really suited to a transport depot because of its good links to the trunk road network.”

It added that “noise and tree impacts can be satisfactorily mitigated so as to cause no detriment to local residential and visual amenities.”

Vehicles will access the site from Anglia Parkway North.

However, Cllr Carole Jones said that while she welcomed the usage for the site and the job creation there were concerns about the noise impacts of its 24-hour usage.

Just one objection was received from a home in nearby Old Norwich Road. Cllr Ian Fisher said: “It’s important to note what the local community wants just as much as what our own opinions are,” citing the lack of objections compared to other recent applications submitted in and around the area.

Plans were approved by 11 votes to one, with work expected to start in the near future.

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