Plans for a major new town centre retail development on the former site of a poultry processing business could be submitted by the end of February.

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As well as a new supermarket, possibly up to 30,000sq ft in size, the plans for the former Banham Poultry land in Station Road could include a petrol station, doctors surgery and further shops, while also creating up to 300 new jobs.

The former Gaymer’s plot, which hosts the processing side of Banham’s business, will become empty when the 650 staff move from the 12.5 acre site back to the firm’s old home at Bunns Bank industrial park, a mile out of town. A planning application for Bunns Bank will follow in April.

Representatives from the firm held a consultation attended by 100 local residents at the town’s Connaught Hall in November, which revealed over 90pc supported the Bunns Bank move.

The firm’s director Sarah Foulger said: “Bunns Bank will be a highly sustainable processing plant, equivalent to the existing size. It will include the latest environmental technology and greater efficiencies to assist the company to be more competitive.”

She added the relocation would also secure the future of the town’s largest employer and maintain the economic benefits across south Norfolk and Breckland.

In November, Bob Delafield, a development consultant working for Banham Poultry, said the business faced losing ground to more technologically advanced competitors in the poultry processing industry, such as VION food group and 2 Sisters foods, unless a site for a bigger premises could be found to accommodate larger machinery.

Increases in feed prices and pressure from supermarkets to improve product quality have also made the move a necessity.

Mr Delafield said the Station Road plant could not be extended because the site had homes nearby, which were being affected by noise and smells, while Bunns Bank was in a more rural location.

The company moved to Station Road after fire destroyed the premises at Bunns Bank in 1999. Since then, the Bunns Bank site has been used mainly as a storage facility.

Live poultry is sent to the Station Road site from the firm’s farms in East Anglia and is then processed and packaged ready for sale.

6 comments

  • Simply super. new supermarket, the ideal place for youngsters to get their first foot on the ladder of meaningful employment. If only one of Chloe's backers could stump up for a minibus to run them from Norwich to Attleborough.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • Lord Ticklebum is spot on. This is not the right location - unless you like sitting in traffic for ages just to get to the supermarket. Station road on the junction with Maurice Gaymer road cannot hold the increase in traffic (and so close to the rail crossing) .Residents on the old Buckenham side of the town will struggle to get home past the queues waitning to turn into and out of Maurice Gaymer road. Hopefully the planning commity will see this and refuse for a better plan to be put forward. Do not forget the increase in staff cars to Bunns Bank too as well as staff and customers to the Gaymers site. How will we all get through?

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    outspoken

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Wonderful! No more halal chicken then. Really pleased about that!

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    Jane Bradley

    Wednesday, January 30, 2013

  • While we need a new bigger supermarket in the town, the Banham Poultry site is not the right location, Victory Park on the London Road close to the A11 is a better idea. Otherwise the town will come to a standstill due to increased traffic with a highway that wasn't build to cope with such demand. Question is will our councillors listen?

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    Lord Ticklebum

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • Just for the record Ms Bradley....Banham Poultry do not produce Halal Poultry products..!

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    Al Gurgleman

    Thursday, January 31, 2013

  • A town councillor has informed me that a representative from Banham Poultry will be at the next council meeting on 04 Feb 1900hrs at the Town Hall, hopefully the public will be able to question the proposal within this forum?

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    Lord Ticklebum

    Friday, February 1, 2013

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