Suffolk

Great Blakenham tomato greenhouses approved

  • 21 May 2014
  • From the section Suffolk
Inside a commercial greenhouse Image copyright Sterling Suffolk
Image caption The tomato greenhouses could produce 10% of the fruit bought in the UK

A £30m tomato-growing centre which could create about 250 jobs in Suffolk has been given the go-ahead.

Two giant greenhouses covering nearly 50 acres (20 hectares) of land are due to be built next to the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Bramford.

Tomato producer Sterling Suffolk claims the site could produce about 10% of all tomatoes grown in Britain - about 7,000 tonnes a year.

Mid Suffolk District councillors approved the plans on Wednesday.

The neighbouring Energy from Waste plant will provide heat and power.

Work on the greenhouses is due to start in the autumn.

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