Work is expected to start in May on a £5.4million project around the A17/A151 Peppermint Junction at Holbeach.
Lincolnshire County Council’s executive approved plans to replace the T-junction with a roundabout, move forward with the creation of a South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) and enable delivery of around 900 new homes.
Key elements of the scheme are:
• Replacing Peppermint Junction with a three-legged roundabout to deliver “significant safety improvements”
• Building a four-legged roundabout on the A151 Spalding Road with access to the proposed FEZ on the western side and homes on the eastern side
• Improving pedestrian safety and vehicle capacity at Boston Road roundabout
• Reconstructing the A151 road between Peppermint Junction and the roundabout where the A151, Greenwich Avenue and Spalding Road transect to give it a longer life
County Councillor for Holbeach Nick Worth said: “The FEZ has been in talks since 2015, so it’s great to have reached the stage where all of our discussions will soon start becoming reality. I’m delighted to see this investment coming to Holbeach since the FEZ will attract innovative businesses to the area and create highly-skilled job opportunities.”
Some £2.4million has been secured from the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Growth Fund for the improvements while the rest will come from developers and the county council.
Coun Richard Davies, executive member for highways, said: “Not only will the improvements create a safer route for drivers, but it will also release land for the creation of housing and the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone.
“We’re currently in the process of selecting a contractor to carry out the highway works, with a view to starting on site in May.”
The FEZ is designed to support agri-food businesses, with a particular focus on food technology.
When complete, the development will create around 59,000sq m of new business space, capable of supporting over 2,000 jobs. The University of Lincoln has outline planning consent to move part of its existing Holbeach campus to a new, purpose-built facility within the FEZ.
Coun Colin Davie, executive member for economic development, said: “The agri-food and food manufacturing sectors are integral parts of Lincolnshire’s economy, so developing land for the South Lincolnshire FEZ will support existing businesses, as well as those looking to invest and relocate to the county.”
He looks forward to building on Lincolnshire’s place in the food industry.
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