Up to £40,000 of match funding has been announced for study into providing low and zero carbon initiatives into a new business park development site on the A14 outside Stowmarket.
Gateway 14 is a new site that will provide up to 2.3 million sq. ft of mixed-use business park for the likes of warehousing, logistics and workspaces for small businesses.
The funding from Greater South East Energy Hub (GSEEH) and Mid Suffolk District Council, forms part of the latter's commitment to becoming carbon neutral by 2030.
It will see the council - working alongside the sites' development partner Jaynic - appoint a low carbon heat and power specialist to investigate how to integrate low carbon opportunities.
It also aims to ensure environmental sustainability is at the forefront of the project, prior to the start of development.
A planning application is expected to be submitted by the end of 2020, to enable a phased development on the 156-acre site.
The council are also planning to work alongside GSEEH on more projects, including sustainable environment, transport and homes schemes.
Sir Christopher Haworth, chairman of Gateway 14 Ltd said:
“We are at a very exciting stage in the development of Gateway 14.
"The site will not only meet the demand for warehousing and logistics and provide modern workspace for smaller businesses but also offers the opportunity to promote sustainability across the site.”
Cllr Gerard Brewster, Mid Suffolk District Council Cabinet Member for Economic Growth said:
“Gateway 14 is a very significant development for Mid Suffolk District Council and is part of our wider vision for Stowmarket to create a high-quality, mixed-use business park that will provide employment opportunities and strengthen the economy across Mid Suffolk.”
Cllr Jessica Fleming, Cabinet Member for Environment at Mid Suffolk District Council, said:
“This support and funding from the Greater South East Energy Hub is most welcome and will enable us to work with our partners to achieve our aim of making the Gateway 14 site sustainable an energy exemplar for the future, as well as work contributing towards our own ambitions to become carbon neutral by 2030.”