July 12, 2011

Former Girdlestones engineering works reduced to rubble

Developers have begun controversial work to build a number of business units on a redundant factory site.

The old Girdlestones pump suppliers’ engineering works in Station Road, Melton, near Woodbridge, has now been demolished. Riduna Holdings Ltd plans to create a two storey scheme featuring offices, workshops and 275 car parking spaces.

The scheme, which also includes plans for a cafe and shop, was given the go ahead by Suffolk Coastal District Council last year.

The decision angered campaigners who were strongly opposed to the plans.

The development had already been revised from four storeys and had been reduced in size from 10,456 to just over 8,626 square metres.

But the local community together with parish, district and county councillors felt the proposal was completely wrong for a rural area and would be a gross over development, while also leading to an unacceptable increase in traffic.

At the time a spokesman for Suffolk Coastal District Council said they recognised the concerns but had to make decisions solely on justifiable planning grounds. “We should now look forward to helping bring new and much-needed employment opportunities to both Melton and the rest of the district,” he added.

Ref: East Anglian Daily Times

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