Aspall Cyder’s bid to extend their north Suffolk site has been given the green light despite opposition from local residents.
The Aspall-based company, run by the eighth generation of the Chevallier family, was granted permission by Mid Suffolk District Council to extend their press building and create a new intake building at the site.
It was claimed the works would be “critical” to the “sustainability and expansion” of the business, in planning documents to Mid Suffolk District Council on behalf of Aspall.
Local residents had expressed their concern over the traffic impacts, claiming there had been “detrimental impacts” on the local community in terms of increased factory and traffic noise, describing byroads and the B1077, providing access to the site, as “inadequate.”
Lead signature on the petition Joan Freeman said the business was outgrowing Aspall.
“I am disappointed - unrestricted industrial expansion on this scale as granted by MSDC will obviously impact heavily upon this hamlet and the local community,” she told the Diss Express.
We do not have the road infrastructure locally to support the huge increases in Aspalls HGV movementsJoan Freeman
“We do not have the road infrastructure locally to support the huge increases in Aspalls HGV movements.
“This ever-growing multi-million pound international manufacturing giant is now more suited to the new FEZ (Food Enterprise Zone) on the A14 at Stowmarket than to this rural backwater on the inadequate B1077.”
Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Business Growth and Increased Productivity, said: “This application allows for some extension to existing facilities and a new intake building within the industrial area of Aspalls Cyder, but does not allow for any greenfield development or major changes to the impact of the premises on its setting.
“We have given careful consideration to the comments and petition we have received as part of the planning process.
“These new facilities are expected to lead to the creation of seven new full time jobs and we welcome this positive investment in the future of the business as an important part of the local economy. We nevertheless support local businesses working with the communities in which they are located to address local concerns and issues in a constructive way.
“We will be continuing to work with Aspalls to explore how the District can accommodate their future business plans in a sustainable way.”
Of the 24 public comments on the application, 17 opposed the plan and seven were neutral. There were no public comments in support of the bid.