Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone will take years to fully develop

Arable land beside the A151 link road will form part of the FEZ site. SG160416-310TW
Arable land beside the A151 link road will form part of the FEZ site. SG160416-310TW
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The multi-million Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) at Holbeach is progressing but county councillor Colin Davie says it will take a number of years to fully develop the site which could support 2,000-plus jobs.

Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council are working on proposals that will see the FEZ will be located next to the A17 and A151.

As previously reported, the FEZ is designed to support agri-food businesses, with a particular focus on the food technology sector.

The development will create around 59,000sq m of new business space, capable of supporting over 2,000 jobs.

The University of Lincoln has already submitted a planning application to move part of its existing Holbeach campus to a new, purpose-built facility within the FEZ.

Coun Davie, executive member for economic development at the county council, said: “The agri-food sector is massively important to the county economy and we want to be sure businesses have the space they need to flourish.

“We’re currently looking at the most appropriate way to take the scheme forward, including the best strategy for acquiring the necessary land.

“Things are in their early stages, and it will take a number of years to fully develop a site of this size.

“However, we’ve already taken an important first step with the university deciding to move there.”

Coun Nick Worth, South Holland District Council portfolio holder for growth and commercialisation, added: “I’m delighted to see this investment coming to Holbeach.

“It will attract innovative businesses and create highly-skilled jobs. This will offer career opportunities across many disciplines, attractive to the UK’s brightest talent in the agri-food industry.

“In addition it will also improve the infrastructure of the area, including Peppermint Junction.

Previously ...

Food Enterprise Zone for town is one step closer

Nationally important agri food centre plans unveiled for Holbeach

New jobs vow at food centre