Plans for a new fibreglass factory to replace a previous premises destroyed by fire in a Suffolk village have been approved, despite concerns about an increase in lorries through the community.
Hatcher Components Ltd had applied to build a similar-sized facility at Parham airfield, which would be used for the same purposes as the last factory, particularly the manufacture of fibreglass products, storage and distribution to customers.
However, Parham Parish Council was concerned that the village could be affected by both construction traffic and ongoing lorry movements as finished products are taken from the factory to its base in Framlingham via Hall Hill, Parham.
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The council called for a traffic management plan to be imposed to limit lorry movements through Parham village and up Hall Hill.
In commenting on the plans, the authority said: “It is noted that an extra 20 staff are likely to be needed at the factory which will significantly increase production and therefore lorry numbers, which were already high with the previous-sized site.”
Fifty firefighters were called to tackle the incident in August 2020 after witnesses reported seeing explosions and a huge pall of smoke drifting across the countryside from the factory at Silverlace Green.
In planning documents, Hatcher Components, which makes products for the commercial vehicle industry, revealed the blaze resulted in a 50% loss in production capacity, adding that the Parham site- where 16 people worked – was an important contributor to this.
The company, which employs 57 people in Framlingham, said: “Following a protracted and on-going insurance claim, the site at Parham has now been cleared and it is imperative that we need to reinstate the facility as soon as possible.
“Once we have this facility, it will relieve our present stressful situation and it will obviously lead to further employment possibilities as one of the largest employers in Framlingham.”
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