Plans for a large agricultural development in Chittering have been welcomed by councillors, saying it would bring up to 120 jobs to East Cambridgeshire.
Earlier this month East Cambridgeshire District Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the proposal for four glass houses to be built off Ely Road.
Councillor Lisa Stubbs wished applicants AGR Renewables Limited And FC Palmer And Sons “good luck”, adding: “Well done and thank you for bringing those extra jobs to our area.”
The intensive farming business will include an up to 15MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant with two heat storage tanks, two water storage tanks, a packing and distribution unit, cold store, irrigation room and control centre. There will also be offices, a car park, surface water attenuation lagoons and upgraded access track.
The applicant had modified the application to reduce light pollution after concerns were expressed by the National Trust.
The business is expected to employ up to 120 people with 20 HGV “movements” expected each day, including deliveries and collections.
The planning meeting heard there would be less than one per cent traffic increase on the A10 as a result of the site, with up to 11% more traffic on the old A10 expected.
Historic England was satisfied that the development would not have an adverse impact on the three closest cultural and heritage sites: Stretham Old Engine, Tiled Farm and Orchard Farm.
Construction is expected to take about nine months.
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