New industrial estate hopes for Downham Market

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A new industrial estate could be built on the outskirts of Downham if new plans come to fruition.

Barton’s Drove Ltd, which is connected with the Heygate Flour Mills, is hoping to construct offices and warehouses on disused land.

The firm applied to West Norfolk Council last week to create an access into the site, which lies between the railway and A122.

The mill bought this land in 2012 and has since cleared it up.

Adrian Smith, the agent acting for the company has issued a statement.

He said: “Having acquired the site in the recent past, the company has been progressing plans to develop what has been a long term eyesore into a modern employment area.

“The present proposals comprise the initial provision of a new access road into the site from the A1122 to serve the existing gas distributor station and also sized appropriately for access into the future commercial development site.

“The application therefore includes change of use for the first tranche of the land into B1, B2 & B8 usage.

“The site is identified in the current local development framework and has been allocated for ‘general employment’ use which includes ‘general industrial and storage and distribution uses and encompass all forms of business use including offices, light industry, general industry and warehousing.”