Agricultural land can be industry site

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A HUGE site currently being farmed will be turned over to industry to form a “logical extension” to employment land on Wardentree Lane, Pinchbeck, and boost local people’s job prospects.

Fen Properties Ltd was given planning consent on Wednesday for the site which extends to 9.63 hectares and will be accessed from an existing estate road, Elsoms Way.

Objectors included Ashley King Developments Ltd, which won planning consent in July for a £12million plan to transform a former turkey factory site to a business park.

The company argued that the Fen Properties plan may jeopardise the viability of its own plans to attract businesses to the Clay Lake site – and said the Fen Properties plan went against national and local planning policy which seeks to have previously used sites developed before greenfield sites.

But after hearing speakers for and against the Fen Properties application, South Holland District Council’s planning committee unanimously passed the plans.

Coun Angela Newton: “If these serviced sites are made available we are more likely to get more jobs in the area.

“We must do all we can to help people in our area to find jobs.”