A planning application for a £30 million tomato greenhouse complex in Suffolk has been submitted.
The two commercial greenhouses that would produce 7,500 tonnes of tomatoes per year would be heated by SITA UK’s Suffolk energy from waste facility nearby.
Sterling Suffolk plans to build the complex on land next to the B1113 between Great Blakenham and Bramford.
It also has the backing of salad produce buyer and seller The Greenery.
Sterling Suffolk head Michael Blakenham said: “The glasshouse will provide the base load for developing a district heating system. In addition to the reduction in food miles, the ability to grow all-year-round British quality tomatoes and to utilise substantial quantities of heat, that would otherwise have been wasted, first attracted me to the project.”
If planning approval is granted, the facility should be up and running by mid-2015. SITA UK’s energy from waste plant is due to be completed by December 2014.