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Planning application submitted for Hub Building at Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone

Entrepreneurs could be using a new business start-up hub if plans for a new building are approved.

Lincolnshire County Council has submitted a planning application for a ClusterHub Building as part of the Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) in Holbeach.

The reserved matters application was submitted to South Holland District Council last week.

How the new hub at the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone building in Holbeach could look (43939147)
How the new hub at the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone building in Holbeach could look (43939147)

The design and access statement says: “The building will accommodate innovation/start up business space in the form of office, practical and workshop space as well admin support, networking and meeting spaces.

“A dedicated cafe space will also serve the building users and the wider FEZ site providing a food and drink offering together with space for both formal and informal meeting.

“The Hub will be instrumental in the creation of a ‘community’ within the FEZ and to support an ambitious growth agenda for the agri-food industry.”

The statement also says the building materials, which are a balance of brick, cladding and glazing, had been used to reflect the agricultural topography. The plans also include 71 parking spaces.

The design and access statement says: “The proposed scheme will help to attract more value added knowledge economy jobs to the local area.”

Cllr Colin Davie, executive councillor for economy and place at the county council, is delighted with the plans.

He said: "The principal behind this building is to nurture collaboration between businesses and partners in the agri-tech industries, so they can share ideas and be at the heart of innovation. It reinforces the commitment we have in Greater Lincolnshire to become a world class destination in this industry.

"It's important that we attract the big players in the food industry to our county, but equally important that we support smaller businesses to start out, grow, and thrive here."

Lincolnshire based Core Architects are leading the design team for the Cluster Hub, funded by Lincolnshire County Council and the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership through the Government's 'Getting Building Fund' (GBF).

Pat Doody, Chair of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership added: "The Hub building is such an exciting development for our global cluster of agri-tech businesses here in Greater Lincolnshire. The South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone is rapidly becoming the location of choice for UK food sector investments.

"This latest milestone means businesses will be able to co-locate with the University ofLincoln's National Centre for Food Manufacturing and directly benefit from sector-focused innovation, skills and enterprise support.

"The Hub will be the place to encourage collaboration and stimulate sharing of ideas and best practice."

Councillor Nick Worth, deputy leader of South Holland District Council, said: "With growing global food markets, there are huge opportunities for both established and new businesses developing new products and technologies. The Food Enterprise Zone will create fantastic job opportunities for our region, as well as generating an estimated £51m of additional GVA over the next 10-years."

Subject to planning approval, work is due to commence on the Hub building in spring 2021, with view to completion in early 2022.

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