Industrial site - Updates

March 2017

Greater Anglia have announced plans for a brand new state-of-the-art train maintenance depot on the derelict Brantham Industrial Site.  Read the press release below to find out more:

Public meeting about transformational rail depot

Members of the public are invited to a meeting to find out more about Greater Anglia’s plans for a new rail maintenance depot on the Suffolk/Essex border.

The train company last month unveiled plans for a brand new state-of-the-art train maintenance depot on the derelict site of a former chemical works factory at Brantham, just north of Manningtree rail station.

Greater Anglia deputy managing director Mike Kean will talk about proposals for the depot at a meeting hosted by Brantham Parish Council. Greater Anglia staff will also be able to answer questions from the public about it.

The meeting is due to take place on Tuesday 7 March, at Brantham Village Hall, starting at 7pm.

The new depot will be used for stabling and light maintenance of about 20 of the brand new trains due to arrive in East Anglia from 2019.

Once open, at least 30 people will work at the multi-million-pound depot, which Greater Anglia plans to complete by December 2018.

It will include 13 tracks where trains can be parked overnight for cleaning and toilet maintenance. Two further tracks will be undercover in a 300-metre shed, with full under- train inspection pits and cranes for general train maintenance.

Covering an area of 22 acres on the north side of the existing railway, the depot will be fully electrified.

In addition, a new wheel lathe will be installed, to provide another location on the Greater Anglia network where train wheel repairs can be carried out, minimising the length of time trains are out of service. This is especially useful during autumn, when slippery conditions damage wheels.

Other facilities will include a train wash, remote train monitoring systems, a control room and spares storage.

Land owners St Francis Group will also clear derelict land opposite the new depot and fully landscape it.

The site is due to be cleared in March and building should begin in the summer.

Mike Kean said: “We are very excited about building this depot – the last time we built a new depot was in 1982. We hope it will act as a boost to the local area as well as playing a crucial part in our transformation of the railway in East Anglia.”


November 2016

The Parish Council has received the following planning application:

B/16/01493 - Britannia House, Factory Lane, Brantham

Notification under Part 3 of the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 - Change of use from B1 (a) offices to (C3) 21 no. dwellings

You can see a copy of the comments that the Parish Council has sent to Babergh District Council by clicking here.

18 May 2016

At this morning's Babergh District Council Planning Committee meeting the BDC Councillors agreed by 9 votes to 5 that the outline Planning Application for the Brantham Regeneration Area should be approved.  More information on the next stages of the development will be updated on the website in the near future.

11 May 2016

Brantham Parish Council received the following email from Babergh District Council yesterday about the "Brantham Mixed Use site" planning application:

"Just a note to advise you that the above report will be presented to the Planning Committee next week, Details will be on the Council's web site (along with the committee report) later today or tomorrow"

Information on the site states that the Planning Committee will take place on Wednesday 18th May 2016 and that the report will be available later today. Public are able to attend this meeting.

To find out more, and to see a copy of the committee report please keep checking the BDC website on the following link:…/pla…/brantham-regeneration-area/

March 2016

Brantham Parish Council have submitted their response to the latest Brantham Regeneration Area Consultation which had proposed a reduction in the Industrial Uses planned for the site.  You can ses a copy of the comments from the Parish Council by clicking here.

24 January 2016

Brantham Parish Council have submitted their response to the Brantham Regeneration Area Consultation.  You can see a copy of the comments from the Parish Council by clicking here.

January 2016

The Brantham Regeneration Area Consultation currently underway has effectively been extended to 25th January 2016 due to additional documents being received. A Transport Assessment Addendum Report that primarily deals with the Manningtree Rail Crossing is of particular interest. 

In addition a new Strategic Master Plan has been uploaded.  You can see a copy of that document by clicking here.  Please note, this is not strictly a consultation document but it provides an overview of the "Big Picture".  It is useful reading for anybody with an interest in the village and the application (whatever their view). Caution: If you print, use landscape and draft format, unless you have lots of colour ink! 

In addition, District and Parish Councillor Alastair McCraw has provided an index for the current Consultation documents which is now colour coded by subject matter. Key Documents are shown in Bold and underlined. Hopefully this should help you wade through the documents and find the ones that are most relevant. You can find a copy of that document by clicking here.

If you would like to make a response to the consultation, but need a little help with the main points then please have a look at a leaflet provided by Brantham HOGS by clicking here.

December 2015

Hopefully you have all received a letter through the post from Babergh District Coucnil about Amendments to the Application for the Brantham Industrial Site.  Further to that please see information from Alastair McCraw (District Councillor at Babergh District Council:

"The planning application for this site and the associated Greenfield land is likely to come before the Planning Committee in the first two months of 2016. There are some additional supporting documents from the applicant (SFG) newly presented and there is another consultation period (at least one) for anybody concerned to comment, just on these. As this application will have an impact on the surrounding rural road network, people and groups in neighbouring parishes on both sides of the River Stour may wish to make a response.

I'll be addressing these consultations, and the process, comprehensively in the very near future. The Planning Application page will contain these new (50!) documents, at the bottom.

Responses can be made in writing, by email or online through that page (after registration). The current consultation period is a 28 day one to allow for the Christmas period."

25 May 2015

On 25 May 2015 Brantham Parish Council emailed and delivered a paper copy of their response to the Planning application at the Brantham Regeneration area.  You can see a copy of the response sent by Brantham Parish Council by clicking here.

April 2015

Babergh District Council have extended the deadling for comments from the public about this planning application to 01 May 2015.  Please take the time to submit your comments/objections as soon as possible, so that Babergh District Council are in no doubt about the views from Brantham residents on this issue.  If you need some help making your submission there is some very useful advice on the Brantham HOGS website which you can access here.

March 2015

I have been advised by Babergh District Council that they have received a planning application from St Francis Group in relation to the Brantham Regeneration area. You can find copies of all of the documentation that they have received by clicking here.

There is a lot of information to read and digest, however if you would like to find out more I would urge you to attend the next Parish Council meeting on Wednesday 01 April 2015, 7.30pm at Brantham Village Hall where this will be discussed by your Parish Council.

January 2015

Brantham HOGS is a recently established action group formed by local residents which aims to oppose the plans to build on greenfield land in Brantham.  If you feel strongly about this local issue and would like to get involved with Brantham HOGS you can find more information on their website by clicking here where you can complete a contact form to join the group.  You can also contact the group by email at or residents can drop a note into their post box in Bakes and Blossoms cafe at Acacia Court.

22 December 2014

Following the exhibition by the St Francis Group at Brantham Leisure Centre last week about the proposed development on the Brantham Industrial Site and associated Greenfield land, we have now been provided with a copy of the exbition boards that St Francis Group presented on the night.  If you didn't get a chance to get to the exhibition, or you would like to have another look then please click here.  

Brantham Parish Council would welcome your views about these proposals, and we have therefore created a short survey in order to do this.  If you would like to complete a survey please click here.  Surveys can be returned by email to the Parish Council at, or by post to Parish Clerk, Brantham Parish Council, 15 Palfrey Heights, Brantham, CO11 1SE.  We look forward to hearing your thoughts.

December 2014

Further to the meeting held in March 2014, two further "place shaping" meetings have been held between Brantham village representatives and representatives from Babergh District Council and ATLAS.  The aim of the meetings is to examine the aspirations and needs of the local community in preparation for an initial planning application that is expected to be received early in the new year.  You can see the outputs from the first of these meetings held on 26 November 2014 by clicking here.  When further minutes have been published they will  be posted on the website.

In addition, Brantham Parish Council has today (08.12.14) been informed by St Francis Group that a Public Exhibition about the redevelopment of the Brantham Industrial site and associated land has been arranged by the landowners, this is due to take place on Tuesday 16 December 2014 in the Brantham Leisure Centre on between 8am and 8pm.  Each house in Brantham should receive a leaflet about this, but in case you do not you can find a copy by clicking here.

06 October 2014

Babergh District Council have informed Brantham Parish Council that an arceaological survey is due to begin on the Brantham Industrial Site and Greenfield land.  You can find out more about this by clincking here.

October 2014

At the last Parish Council  meeting on 01 October 2014 Paul Revell (Chairman) made the following statement in relation to the Brantham Industrial Area:

“This is the biggest single issue to have faced this village over the past forty years or more.  It will affect every aspect of life within this village, for every man, woman and child in the village.  It will also affect every part of this Council’s operation and I believe necessitates due consideration in all our decision making.

Through a recently received Babergh District Council update your Parish Council was made aware that it was anticipated that the St Francis Group (the owners of the site) would be submitting a planning application later this year.  This is contrary to BDC’s earlier perception that it would be in July of this year 2014.  I now ask myself, could it just be possible that SFG have hit a snag in respect of the viability of BIS and its potential for development?

SFG’s ability to develop BIS may be partially dependant on the acquisition of a second serviceable access for the continuous movement of heavy vehicles, plant machinery and materials.  We are aware of SFG’s potential access to the green-field site (Proviso D land) in Brooklands Road – opposite Pattern Bush Close.  However, it would be impractical, if not impossible for the volume of traffic envisaged to access the site at this point.  For similar reasons you may discount an access through Temple Pattle or near to Merriam Close.  Therefore, the most probably route of access is in the area of Factory Lane.  However, there are reservations as to the width of the road at Riverside Cottages.  Safe to say, however, that the main access to the site would have to be within relatively close proximity to the A137 road. 

There has been a good deal of speculation in the Press and within the letters column of the East Anglian Daily Times.  Some of this is a mere re-printing of old stories during a quiet period within the press with one paper copying another.  Other speculation is ill-informed and could be construed as nimbyism.  But the effect has been to launch a fresh round of speculation within the community.  Parishioners can rest assured, however, that when any planning application is actually made, this Parish Council will know about it and circulate the information through our website, in the interests of openness.  Further to this BDC have repeatedly assured this Council and the Village Representatives, who last met in February 2014, that a full consultation process will take place including an open day, presumably here.

This council will continue to make our best efforts to learn all we can, but the discussions between BDC and SFG will inevitably be subject to commercial confidentiality clauses.

P.A.Revell – Parish Chairman”

September 2014

Following the receipt of the update from Babergh District Council last month, Brantham Parish Council have discussed the progress of the development, and the decision by BDC to appoint the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) to undertake the viability testing for the site.  The Parish Council agreed at its last meeting to write to the Chief Executive of Babergh District Council to express its concerns about the impartiality of the VOA.  You can see a copy of that letter by clicking here.

It is the opinion of the Parish Council that it is important that as many people express their dissatisfaction with the way the process is being handled by Babergh District Council, and therefore if you would like to write an email or letter to this effect there is a Word template with some wording attached here.  Please feel free to compose your own letters/emails if you wish, but the most important thing is to make sure they get the message from the people who live in Brantham!

August 2014

Brantham Parish Council  received an update from Babergh District Council about progress in relation to the Brantham Regeneration area on 14 August 2014.  You can see a copy of that newsletter by clicking here.

In summary the update does not add much to what we already knew, although it does include mention of an independant viability study which is reassuring.  If you have any questions/comments about any of this please do not hesitate to get in touch with me by email by clicking here or you can call me on 07702 490212.

March 2014

On 04 March 2014 a group of Brantham representatives met with representatives from Babergh District Council and ATLAS to begin the process of community engagement in preparation for any proposed development that may arise in the near future.  The aim of the meeting was to begin to examine the aspirations and needs of the local community should development take place, and to begin to investigate the best options for community engagement as the process moves forward.  Village groups represented at the meeting included; the Parish Council, the Brantham Residents Group, the Good Neighbour Scheme, Brantham Leisure Centre, Brantham Scout and Guides, St Michaels Church, and Brantham Village Hall Management Committee.  

You can see a copy of the notes (compiled by Babergh District Council) of that meeting by clicking here.

We have not yet been informed of any future community engagement by Babergh District Council.

January 2014

Brantham Parish Council have received a letter from Babergh District Council informing us that the Inspector's Report is now available.  To see a copy of that letter please click here.  You can find a full version of the report by clicking on the link on the left hand side of this page.

For those of you who would prefer the potted version the extracts below relate specifically to the 9b Brantham Regeneration Area.

The report stresses the requirement for independantly verified viability evidence for any application involving any part of the Proviso D land which is therefore 'conditionally' included. It also stresses the conditional nature of some or all of the Proviso D land.

The last two conclusions are:

170. Given this position, in the absence of the additional Proviso D land the delivery evidence for the original allocation is very weak. In addition the justification for the Proviso D land, which rests entirely on viability grounds, is at too early a stage and has too many areas of uncertainty to justify a definite allocation. 

171. However the proposed modifications (MM 25 and MM 26) to address the potential of the Proviso D land is conditional on the submission of viability evidence to justify residential development on some of the additional land. On that basis, the extent of the evidence justifies the ‘conditional’ inclusion of the Proviso D land, and this in turn adequately justifies the allocation of the main Brantham development. It is the most appropriate option when considered against reasonable alternatives.

In essence we believe that this means that there will not necessarily be a presumption in favour of any planning application involving Proviso D and we will have the full right to object if any application fails to meet the criteria in the Main Mod 25.

Additionally Brantham remains a Hinterland Village, at least for now.

October 2013

We have been informed that a forthcoming BBC Inside Out programme will be featuring a look at the Brantham Factory site and it's significance in the history of plastic.  The programme details state: 

"It's hard to imagine a world without plastic. And it's said that a factory in Suffolk put plastic in every home in the country. When it was built at Brantham near Manningtree, the factory was home to The British Xylonite Company, one of the first plastic manufacturers in the world. Recently most of the factory was demolished but its legacy will be with us forever. Inside Out tells the story of this pioneering factory and why it was built in the beautiful Suffolk countryside."

The film has been made as a 'history story' so will not feature any of the discussions about the proposed development on the site, but it will no doubt be interesting to watch nevertheless.  The programme will be shown on Monday 7 October at 7.30pm on BBC 1.  You can access a link to the Inside Out website where you can see a preview clip of the programme by clicking here.

Parish Council Meeting 4th September

The Babergh councillor Simon Barrett who was quoted in the East Anglian as saying Brantham was in a "great position to absorb" the impact of 600 new homes is coming to the Parish Council meeting at 7.30pm on the 4th September.  He will be joined by Sue Dawes of Babergh DC and two colleagues, we understand they will be explaining how they expect the project to move forward.  The Parish council has requested the Babergh attendees participate in a question and answer session with the public.  This is an opportunity for you to come along and make your views known to Babergh.

Hearing 25th September

Please can you inform the Parish Clerk by clicking here if you plan to come and watch part or all of the hearing in the Babergh Council Chamber. We hope some of you will come and support your Parish Councillors and show the attendees the strength of feeling in the village.

01 August 2013

Due to the number of responses submitted to the Planning Inspector he has decided to have a one day hearing to discuss the Brantham Industrial site.

If you responded to the recent consultation you will receive a form asking if you wish to speak at the new hearing at Hadleigh on the 25th September. We understand places will be very limited and therefore we would encourage you to request the Parish Council to speak on your behalf.

A list of questions will be prepared by the Inspector and issued mid August and you will be able to submit any written comments. If you choose to do this please copy in the Parish Clerk by email ( so we can try and make sure anything relevant is included in Parish Council comments.

If you have planning,  legal or environmental expertise and feel you can add/support the Parish Councillors please let Sarah Keys (07702 490212) or Trevor Nobbs (01206 397052) know.

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE)

In May 2013 the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) launched a three-point countryside rescue charter that challenges the Government’s recent “economic growth at any cost” planning reforms.  The CPRE claims there is growing evidence that the National Planning Policy Framework is not working. The CPRE are urging individuals to sign their charter which they hope will help create a groundswell of support for the countryside and encourage decision-makers to give it the best possible protection.  The more public support the charter gets, the more likely we are to get the affordable housing we need without sacrificing our countryside.  Politicians at a local and national level must listen to public opinion and make sure that our irreplaceable countryside can continue to offer a lasting legacy of beauty, tranquility and wildlife. 

Clearly this is an issue that is close to the heart of Brantham residents given the proposals from Babergh District Council to commence development on Greenfield land in the village, and therefore if you would like to support CPRE and sign their charter you can do so by clicking here.

July 2013

As you will probably be aware the Consultation Period on the Proposed Modifications to the Core Strategy was closed on 9 July 2013 at 4pm.  As a result of the hard work of the Parish Council and a number of village residents we know that a very large number of response forms have been received by Babergh District Council.  We now need to await the Inspectors findings once he has worked his way through them.  If you would like to see a copy of the response form that was submitted by the Parish Council you can do so by clicking here.

29 June 2013

For those of you attempting to complete your Response Form we have drawn up a template  form which we believe covers the main objections to the proposals.  For those of you who are struggling to find the time or energy to complete the form you may wish to consider using this template and simply putting your own details in Section One. 

PLEASE NOTE:  This template is aimed as a recommendation only in order to maximise the number of responses that are made to Babergh District Council.  Please feel free to complete the form with your own comments.

You can access a copy of the form by clicking here or by clicking on the tab on the left.

For your information the notes from the Public Consultation event have now been added to the website, and you can find a copy of these by clicking on the tab on the left.

24 June 2013

No doubt many of you are beginning to think about filling in your response form to send to Babergh District Council.  We are aware that the form is quite complex and therefore Alastair McCraw has drawn up some guidelines to help you work through the form.  You can access them by clicking here.

June 2013

The 6 week consultation process on the proposed Main Modifications to the Core Strategy has now begun.  Brantham Parish Council will be hosting a consultation event on Wednesday 19th June 2013, 7.30pm at Brantham Village Hall.  For more details on this event please click here.

28 May 2013

Following the conclusion of the Core Strategy examination hearings held in March of this year, and the subsequent provision of additional information, the Planning Inspector has now confirmed that he is satisfied for Babergh District Council to begin a six-week consultation on further proposed Main Modifications to the Core Strategy and the accompanying Sustainability Appraisal / Habitats Regulations Assessment (HRA).  You can find a PDF copy of his letter detailing this by clicking here.  You can access Babergh District Council's webpage about the consultation by clicking here.

By clicking here you can access a PDF copy of the Publication Notice-May 2013 which gives details on how to obtain documents and details of Public Participation.

The most important document that has been released today is the "Schedule of further Main Modifications to the Babergh Core Strategy".  A PDF copy of this document is available here.  For ease of reference, in Brantham the following pages are the most relevant: 2, 3, 6-9, 22-28 and Maps 4 and F.  In addition Modification numbers 4,5,6,7,14,15,25,26,27, & 29 and the most relevant.

In addition there is a fuller document that contains all of the Main Modifications (the Sustainability Assessment and the Habitats Regulation Assessment (HRA)) and you can access a PDF copy of that document here.  Pages 64 & 65 contains the most important section for Brantham, although 61-62 contains some Assessments of the Strategy for Core & Hinterland Villages (Employment/Mixed Use).

Finally attached here is a Working Draft of the Core Strategy & Policies.  This shows modifications made post hearing and is for guidance only, showing how the Core Strategy would read if unamended in the Consultation process.

Should you wish to respond to these documents you can do so with the response form attached here.  PLEASE NOTE that ONLY specific responses to the Schedule of Main Modifications (MainMods) & the Sustainability Appraisal (Mods-SA-HRA) will be considered. This Response Form gives the full details on how to make a representation.

May 2013

A letter from Babergh District Council to Brantham Parish Council has been added to this site.  You can see a copy of this letter by clicking on the "letter from Babergh District Council" section on the left.  The letter contains some background information together with the current thinking.

We expect a public consultation exercise will commence in the coming weeks.  This will enable everyone to express their views on whether the Core Strategy Document for Babergh should include wording that allows for residential development on some of the green field land between Brooklands Road and Factory Lane if it is necessary for the overall regeneration of the site to be viable.

We expect that a public meeting will be required to seek the views of the residents of the village.  Please keep watching the website for more information.

If you would like to be contacted by email when new information is added to this page of the website please click here and insert "Industrial site" in the subject line of the email.

April 2013

The Brantham Industrial Area, adjacent to Factory Lane in Brantham has stood mostly unused and empty for some years now.  It is likely that this will not continue much longer since this piece of land forms an important part of Babergh District Council and Suffolk County Council's planning objectives.  In addition, it has also been bought by a developer that specialises in the development of problematic sites with contamination and environmental issues.

Clearly, this land cannot remain in its current state indefinitely since it is unsightly and presents a hazard for those who may venture into it.  However, it is important that this piece of land it developed in such a way that suits the village of Brantham and that is manageable in terms of amenities and access etc.

This page of the Brantham Website has been set up to keep you informed on the development of the site, to make sure that you have the information that you need to become a part of the consultation process when it begins and to give the residents of Brantham a voice at the table with other planning organisations.

You can find out more about the progress of the development plans on the Babergh District Council website by clicking here.

Please keep referring to this page for further updates.