Planning permission has been granted for the construction of 30 start-up business units in Ardleigh.
Tendring District Council (TDC) has accepted the application for flexible use of the Systematic Business Park on Old Ipswich Road.
The request, from RVL Properties Ltd, sought the green light for 8,705 m² of space, comprising office, light industrial and general premises, as well as storage and distribution uses.
Each unit would be flexible in terms of space and use, based on new business needs, and would include a mezzanine.
In granting the authorization, TDC took into account the existing building permit on the site, transport links to the A12 and A120, and the potential for jobs and economic growth that the development would bring, as well as standard planning considerations.
Mary Newton, a member of TDC for Business and Economic Growth, said the start-up units will support the local economy.
“Developments like this, provided they are carried out in accordance with our planning policies, are welcome in the district to support our growing local economy,” Councilor Newton said.
“While we already fund a range of business start-up support services, having this physical space from which to operate is also important and identified as a key component of our economic growth. “
Ardleigh Parish Council had opposed the plans because of its scale and impact, and said there was not enough demand for the units. Under the building permit, the developer is to provide a free shuttle service between the site and the nearest bus stop and Colchester Park and Ride, to reduce dependence on the car.