A local eyesore, the conveyor belt structure across the A143 at the Karro Food’s complex in Little Wratting, was demolished last weekend by property developer Jaynic making way for a future new business park.
Paul Sutton, Planning Director, at Jaynic said: “The conveyor belt structure, which carried pig carcasses across the road from Karro’s food processing site abattoir, is now surplus to requirements and as part of our agreement with the company we have removed it, following the demolition of the equally unsightly abbatoir we completed last year, on behalf of Karro.”
Jaynic will now be bringing forward the existing employment site allocation in the adopted local plan and will be discussing with West Suffolk Council the opportunity to extend this allocation through the new emerging local plan process.
Sutton, added: “We hope to bring occupiers and development forward that will add to the local economy and create jobs, whilst their operations will be shielded by the substantial existing mature landscaping around the boundaries of the site.”
In 2021, Jaynic bought Karro Food’s redundant 20-acre southern site opposite its retained plant. The development, located under two miles east of Haverhill, is to be called the Stour Business Park with six acres already allocated for employment in West Suffolk Council’s adopted local plan, the Rural Vision 2031.
The site is well-located for access to the principal East of England road network. It will benefit from proximity to the Haverhill Northern Relief Road currently nearing completion, removing the need for traffic to go through the centre of Haverhill. This will give fast access to the A1307, which runs westwards to the A11/M11 and Cambridge, and the A1017.
Karro, part of the Eight Fifty Food Group, was recently acquired by Canadian group Sofina Foods. It will continue to undertake pork product food processing and production on the northern site on the other side of the A143, that it is retaining.
Agents for the scheme are Rumsey & Partners and Cheffins.