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Thetford Enterprise Park (TEP)

The farmland between the existing Brunel Way Industrial Estate and the A11 has been allocated as the site for a new "Enterprise Park". However, various issues with the site have meant that no development has happened to date.

The 17-hectare site is owned by the Crown Estate, and is currently used as low-value farm-land. The Enterprise Park development will provide much-needed additional space to attract new companies and for existing businesses to expand. However, a lack of spare capacity in the electricity grid and water supply/drainage, and problems with road access have made the site unviable to develop.

The electricity and water supply should now be addressed following a £10M grant from the Homes and Communities Agency. Access to the site has been addressed through a new roundabout at the Mundford Road / Wyatt Way junction, which was completed in January 2019. Waste water drainage has still be addressed.

The significant public funding for the site is controversial. While it is necessary for the public benefits that the enterprise park will bring, the investment is largely going to benefit the private developers of the site. It has been argued that if this amount of public investment was to be used, it would have been better to have compulsory-purchased the land, and then the public would have received the full benefit of the investment.

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