Cefas outlines redevelopment plans for Lowestoft
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Cefas have given members of the public a second chance to voice their opinions on the company's redevelopment proposals in Lowestoft.
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science invited locals to their base in Pakefield Road on Friday, having already held its first public consultation on June 12.
As a world leader in marine science, Cefas' main intention is to construct a new modern office building, which will eventually lead to the demolition of its current site at the Grand Hotel.
However, Cefas have concluded that the old Victorian hotel landmark is too expensive to run and not operationally fit for purpose.
Their proposals state that the potential redevelopment will save over £2m per year, secure hundreds of jobs in the region, and allow the company to continue researching and innovating in the area.
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'We've been in Lowestoft since 1902, so you could say that we're as much part of the heritage as anyone else,' said Cefas' deputy CEO, Tim Green.
'Our proposals will guarantee that Lowestoft is at the forefront of global marine science.'
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Having taken into account public feedback, Cefas will file its planning application to Waveney District Council on Friday, July 14, and a decision will be made in autumn 2017.
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