Green light given for start-up business units in Ardleigh

Wednesday, 22 December, 2021

Planning permission has been given for 30 start-up business units to be built in Ardleigh.

Tendring District Council (TDC) granted the application for the flexible-use development at Systematic Business Park on Old Ipswich Road.

The application, from RVL Properties Ltd, sought the green light for 8,705sqm of space, comprising office, light and general industrial and storage and distribution usage.

Each unit would be flexible in terms of space and usage, depending on the new business needs, and include a mezzanine floor.

In granting permission, TDC had regard to existing planning permission on the site, transport links to the A12 and A120, and the potential for jobs and economic growth the development would bring, as well as standard planning considerations.

Mary Newton, TDC Cabinet Member for Business and Economic Growth, said the start-up units would support the local economy.

“Developments such as this, provided they are done in accordance with our planning policies, are welcome to the district to support our growing local economy,” Councillor Newton said.

“While we are already funding a range of business support for start-ups, having that physical space from which to operate is also important and identified as a key part of our economic growth.”

Ardleigh Parish Council had objected to the plans due to its scale and impact, and said there was not enough demand for the units.Under the terms of the planning permission the developer must provide a free shuttle service between the site and the nearest bus stop and Colchester Park and Ride, to reduce car reliance.

Last updated on: 22/12/2021 - 16:10