The prospect of up to 2,000 jobs being created by a new business and hotel complex near Spalding is on course after a meeting last night.
South Holland District Council’s planning committee voted 11-1 in favour of an initial application for a Lincs Gateway Business Park to be built on land near the B1173 Cowbit Road, A1175 and A16 between Spalding, Cowbit and Weston Hills.
A number of people living in the area attended the meeting to oppose the plans on grounds such as light and noise disturbance, the need for a “buffer zone” between houses and the site, the poor state of roads in the area and the site’s impact on Spalding town centre.
But Coun Howard Johnson, who moved for the plans to be supported, said: “The site itself has been unused for an awful long time and in terms of these plans as we have now, compared to what the site was before, there’s a lot going for it.”
Ashley King Developers, who is behind the plans, will face a number of conditions in taking the project forward, including the installation of CCTV cameras for security and monitoring of the site’s use and adequate screening measures to protect people living nearby.
A report prepared for the meeting said the development should be supported as it has “the potential to provide a significant number of jobs and provide a high quality business park which is not currently available in Spalding.”
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