Babergh District Council has appointed experienced consultants Carter Jonas to conduct an options and appraisal study on the future of the former Delphi Industries site in Sudbury.
The study has been commissioned as part of Babergh’s commitments as a member of the South Suffolk Taskforce and will consist of a focused month-long options and appraisal study to determine the most sustainable future for the 9-hectare site, situated off Newton Road in Sudbury.
The former Delphi plant remains s prime industrial site for Sudbury and the South Suffolk economy, with the full focus and efforts of the council continues to be on preserving the current single industrial use, providing employment opportunities for the highly skilled workforce. The options study and appraisal work will provide evidence and assessment work that will be used to identify the opportunities for the site and how they would benefit the local economy.
Other work is also underway to secure the future of the site by the South Suffolk Taskforce, including significant marketing and inward investment promotion being led by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership with support from the Department for International Trade (DIT) and partners from the taskforce. The South Suffolk Taskforce is chaired by South Suffolk MP James Cartlidge and includes representatives from town, district and county councils and the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Cllr Simon Barrett, Babergh District Council’s Cabinet Member for Economy, said: “The Delphi site has been providing employment for the people of Sudbury for many years, creating skilled, well paid jobs in the town, and we’re committed to seeing that continue. It’s sad news that Delphi themselves have left, but Sudbury continues to offer a well-connected, good value location with a dedicated and talented workforce: we’ll be working hard to attract the right employers to the site and to making sure the work offered at site continues to be a source of pride for our residents.”
Chris Dashper, Head of Programmes at New Anglia LEP, said: “It’s vital that we find the right kind of industrial activity to take advantage of this excellent site and highly skilled workforce. In conjunction with the work the LEP doing with DIT to promote the site as an investment opportunity, this study is crucial to achieving that aim, and is further evidence of the commitment of the South Suffolk Taskforce to reach a successful outcome for staff, the local supply chain and the town of Sudbury.”