Business park plan poised to get approval

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PLANS to transform a former turkey factory site in Spalding into a business park to cater for hundreds of new jobs are recommended for approval by council officers.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee will discuss plans for the ex Bernard Matthews site in Spalding Drove at its meeting on Tuesday.

Ashley King Developments wants to replace the existing turkey sheds with modern industrial units and officers at the council have recommended that permission is granted by councillors in a report drawn up ahead of the meeting.

The plan would give outline approval for the demolition of the sheds and building of the new units as well as full permission for a new junction to the A16. There would be no access onto Spalding Drove from the site.

The officers’ report states: “It is considered there are a number of positives relating to the application.

“It would redevelop a previously developed site of poor appearance with the provision of up to 2,700 sqm of commercial floorspace with good access to the national road network and the potential for several hundred jobs with consequent benefits to the local economy.”

Last year Irish meat firm Dubia lined up a move to the site in a move that was mooted to bring 500 jobs. However that deal folded due to the poor economic conditions.

Since then Ashley King Developments has tweaked the design to try to attract a wider range of different firms to a business park.

Spalding and District Civic Society has criticised the layout and landscaping of the plans but the developer insists there will be a “generous landscape framework” with planting at the edge of the site.

Officers say that the specific details surrounding the design can be tackled at a later date, when the developer will have to submit a further application for the exact layout, appearance, scale and landscaping involved.

The meeting starts at 6.30pm at the council’s offices in Priory Road, Spalding.