Bean Sprout Growing Facility For Houghton Regis

50 jobs could be created on a site in Humphrys Road if it is redeveloped for beansprout growing. Plans have been submitted to Central Bedfordshire Council this week. The applicant on the application form is given as “Legal and General UK Property Fund and Legal and General Assurance (Pensions Management)Limited”.

The site is a corner plot on Humphrys Road, where the Poynters Road / Porz Avenue Roadabout meets. Humphrys Road is a corner of Houghton Regis and part of the Woodside Industrial estate. Businesses with premises there include Aryzta Bakeries, DPD Parcels, Go Interiors, Country Kitchens, Premier Cables, and until recently the Disability Resource Centre.

The site is 113 Hectares and has received pre-application advice.
A covering letter accompanying the application, says, “The proposal will secure the occupation of J-Pao, who has shown considerable interest in Unit 33. J-Pao’s predominant activity is the growing of bean sprouts from seed using hydroponics (i.e. a type of horticulture to grow seeds without soil, through utilising mineral nutrient solutions). In addition to securing J-Pao’s occupation, the proposal will put Unit 33 –which has been vacant for over a year –back into a beneficial use and, in doing so, will create substantial levels of employment which will strengthen the economic function of the Estate as a whole. ”

About J-Pao

Founder, Joseph Pao, was the son of a Shanghai industrialist who studied electronic engineering at Southampton University. He started the company in 1963 working from a mews garage in Paddington, London to supply Chinese restaurants, and within a few years was supplying the major UK supermarkets.

Today, half a century since its foundation, J. Pao & Co. Ltd continues its success story run by Andrew, Joseph’s son. They are the largest UK grower and processor of Beansprouts, operating under one roof in a state-of-the-art facility in Park Royal, London. Meticulous attention to detail at every stage of production ensures their produce is consistently of the highest quality.

Every week, J-Pao produce over 250 tonnes of Beansprouts. Their production process is highly responsive to market needs, operating 7 days a week, 365 days a year to ensure the freshest possible product and optimal shelf life. Read more about J-Pao. Looking for beansprout recipes? — J-Pao have some great ones to try!

CB/21/03353/FULL Registration Date: 20 / 07 / 2021
Parish Name: Houghton Regis
Location: Unit 33, Humphrys Road, Dunstable, LU5 4TP
Statutory Class: Minor Gen ind/storage/warehouse B2 and B8
Proposal: Change of use from a storage and distribution warehouse (Class B8) to commercial bean sprout growing facility and wholesaler (Sui Generis), including external works to the building and yard
Documentation: cbstor link
Make a Public Comment: webform link

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