A development forecast to pump millions of pounds into the Spalding economy is set to divide opinion from now until its eventual opening.
The Lincs Gateway Business Park project, including a hotel, pub/restaurant, conference centre and storage depot, was first unveiled by the Free Press in February when we revealed that brewery giant Whitbread and hotel group Premier Inn were poised to come to Spalding.
The park will be built on three plots of land where up to 2,000 jobs would be created, both from the users of the site and existing businesses relocating to the development.
Michael Moran, company director of Moran Asset Management which is working with Ashley King Developments on the scheme, said: “The site already has planning permission for a ten-acre truck stop and large industrial buildings on two of the plots.
“However, instead of these existing consents we are looking to progress the Lincs Gateway project as a higher-quality offering for this key site in South Holland.
“Any 60-acre development offering up to 2,000 jobs will always require a significant amount of work on the detail side and we are focused on working with the council to address the conditions put forward following the positive vote on Wednesday.”
The conditions include installation of CCTV cameras for security and monitoring purposes, restrictions on the hours of construction and use of the site, noise level limits and lighting for a bridleway between Fen End Lane and the B1173.
Mr Moran said: “As it stands, we feel that we’ve put forward a strong case in respect of ensuring that the local residents aren’t adversely affected by the Gateway scheme and we aren’t offering to meet or consult with them at this stage of the process.
“We believe the scheme is positive for the town and won’t have a negative impact on residents.”