Herb grower to expand on a new site?

CURRENT BASE: JVG Herbs at its site at Bridge Farm in Horseshoe Road, Spalding. SG060115-161TW
CURRENT BASE: JVG Herbs at its site at Bridge Farm in Horseshoe Road, Spalding. SG060115-161TW
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A Spalding herb growing firm is looking to expand its business by shipping out to a new site off The Delph at Pode Hole.

JVG Herbs Ltd, of Horsehoe Road, believes its current Bridge Farm will not be able to meet its requirements within 18 months – and says there’s no room on site to expand its glasshouse space.

It plans to use two grade 2 arable land fields at the Black House Farm estate, Pode Hole, and is seeking planning consent from South Holland District Council for the following:

• Glass house buildings up to 3.32 hectares (Ha) – with 1.89 Ha built immediately and the rest in phases

• Boiler house

• Despatch building

• Substation, transformer and switch buildings

• Irrigation and surface water storage lagoons

• Parking

• Access roads and turning space

• Storage areas

JVG Herbs don’t give a number in the planning application for the existing number of full-time employees, but say the proposed number is 40.

There’s no cost given for the development, which is usual in planning applications. The company’s consulting engineers, Siddle Grimley Hage Ltd, have told the council: “The company has a well-established herb growing business at Bridge Farm in Spalding.

“The business continues to expand and based on the applicant’s current projections the existing facility would not be able to meet the existing customers’ requirements within the next 18 months.

“The Bridge Farm site is land locked and has no further room for expansion of the glass house facilities to meet this increasing demand.

“Customers expect that a single supplier can deliver all product needed, so an inability to do this, due to lack of growing space could result in the loss of that customer.

“The use of multiple sites is not considered by the client to be financially viable for the business model and therefore a new development is proposed at Pode Hole, Spalding.

“The new development would provide sufficient growing space for the short term, but have the advantage of providing significant space for future expansion.

“The development can therefore secure existing jobs and over time has the potential to increase staffing numbers with future expansion.”

The consulting engineers say the proposed glass house will be 237m long and 140m wide.

It is expected the site will operate from 7am-6pm seven days a week, but some extended working will be required so consent is being sought for round the clock operation.

It’s also proposed there will be site access from a new road junction from The Delph.

The access will link with site roads via a vehicular bridge over the Counter Drain and a culvert to the Fourth District Main Drain.

Talks have already taken place with county highways and Welland and Deepings Internal Drainage Board.