Plans have been submitted for a large investment in greenhouses in East Anglia it has been revealed.
The greenhouses, projected to cost in the region of £30 million, will create 200 new jobs and see large scale cultivation of tomatoes. They are due to be located between Blakenham and Bradford.
Sterling Suffolk, the firm behind the project, say the greenhouses will produce more than 7500 tonnes of tomatoes each year. Michael Blakenham of Sterling Suffolk said;
“We have been heartened by the level of support received at two public meetings. We have also had several meetings with residents most closely affected by the plan and have done our best to mitigate their concerns.”
Subject to approval, work would begin next summer, with the first British tomatoes expected to be on shelves by summer 2015.