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Business unit proposals aimed at new start-ups unveiled for Hadleigh in bid to help town's economy recover from coronavirus pandemic




Proposals to build a range of business units for start-up enterprises in Hadleigh, with the goal of creating almost 50 full-time jobs, have been unveiled.

Babergh District Council announced this week an ambition to develop 1.5 acres of allocated employment land, located off the A1071 Ipswich Road.

The plans, which are currently in the preliminary concept and design stages, suggest creating 10 light industrial or workspace units and a convenience retail outlet.

Concept image of proposed new business units in Hadleigh. Picture supplied by Babergh District Council. (48088262)
Concept image of proposed new business units in Hadleigh. Picture supplied by Babergh District Council. (48088262)

It is hoped that the development, if approved, would boost employment and provide opportunities to young people and apprentices, to support the local economy as its seeks to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

Michael Holt, cabinet member for economic growth at Babergh District Council, 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 is 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.”

Concept image of proposed new business units in Hadleigh. Picture supplied by Babergh District Council. (48088264)
Concept image of proposed new business units in Hadleigh. Picture supplied by Babergh District Council. (48088264)

The proposals are now set to undergo detailed design concepts, preliminary marketing work, surveys and ground investigations.

Once this is completed, detailed plans will be presented to Babergh’s cabinet for approval, before any development work can be commence.