£30m Suffolk tomato glasshouses take step closer

An application to build a £30 million tomato greenhouse development next to a waste incinerator near Ipswich has gained conditional planning approval.

Image: HW
Image: HW

The plans for two glasshouses totalling around 20ha in area, put forward by waste management company SITA UK and local partnership Sterling Suffolk, were given unanimous support by Mid Suffolk District councillors this week.

This was despite local fears expressed over flooding risk, the volume of traffic, visual impact and potential light pollution.

They remain subject to archaeological surveys and a flood risk assessment being successfully undertaken within six months.

The glasshouses will use heat from SITA's waste incinerator to produce around 7.500 tonnes of tomatoes a year, and will employ over 200 people. Construction is scheduled to begin later this year.

Sterling Suffolk, which owns the land, was set up by Michael Hare, Viscount Blakenham, the former chairman of publisher Pearson, and Stephen Wright.

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