Marketing is now underway on Norfolk’s flagship 100 acre food related business park, which will create a central cluster of food related business in the heart of the biggest food producing county in England.
The Food Enterprise Park (FEP) is situated at Easton, to the west of Norwich, within the greater Norwich Food Enterprise Zone. The aim of the park is to capture added value in the food supply chain by processing, marketing, storing and distributing food, drink and food related products.
The site adjoins the A47, one of the main transport routes of the region, with quick and easy access to the A11 and beyond. This particular stretch of the A47 is shortly to be further improved by additional duelling and a proposed link into the northern distributor road.
The proximity of the FEP to the Norwich Research Park will enable occupiers to collaborate with, and benefit from, the food and bioscience research and development being undertaken by the John Innes Centre, Quadram Institute and the University of East Anglia.
The first phase of the park which extends to some 47 acres, was awarded Local Development Order status in October 2017 by Broadland District Council, which effectively grants planning permission, subject to conditions, and allows qualifying occupiers to construct facilities without the need to go through the usual planning process. This provides a great degree of planning certainty, and considerably speeds up the development process.
Any uses proposed will be closely and directly linked to food producing and agriculture and examples may include:-
- Agri Tech Businesses – which make use of the local agri science base
- Processing of agricultural produce
- Manufacture of food products
- Storage and distribution of agricultural produce and products
- Manufacture of specialist food related supplies (eg food packaging)
- Storage and distribution of agricultural equipment, machinery and supplies
- Storage and distribution of livestock (live stock market)
- Haulage services related to the above storage and distribution
- Veterinary services
The FEP (www.foodenterprisepark.com) will resonate with local, national and international companies and early discussions with potential occupiers is very encouraging.
The first phase of commercial development land is available in plots to accommodate facilities of 5,000 sq ft to 500,000 sq ft on either freehold or leasehold terms, and interested parties are invited to contact Brown & Co, the sole selling agents, to discuss their occupational requirements.