Food Enterprise Zone for town is one step closer

Farming Minister George Eustace MP (right) with Greater Lincolnshire LEP chairman Ursula Lidbetter and board member Mark Tinsley on a visit to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Farming Minister George Eustace MP (right) with Greater Lincolnshire LEP chairman Ursula Lidbetter and board member Mark Tinsley on a visit to the National Centre for Food Manufacturing in Holbeach. Photo by Tim Wilson.
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A new business centre in Holbeach dedicated to food and farming has moved a step closer after unanimous support was given to the project.

Plans to set up a Food Enterprise Zone on almost 25 acres land off the A17 in Holbeach were backed by South Holland District Council members at a meeting on Wednesday.

The idea of a new centre to capitalise on South Holland’s status at the heart of the UK food industry was first revealed during a visit to Holbeach by Farming Minister George Eustace in January.

Mr Eustace said: “The food and farming sector is worth more than £100 billion to the UK economy, employing one in eight people, and it is excellent to see areas like Lincolnshire taking a lead.”

DEFRA (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) has awarded the district council a grant of £50,000 towards the setting up of the Food Enterprise Zone and a Local Development Order is to be put in place to free food and farming businesses from the normal red tape associated with planning applications.

A report to the council by deputy leader Nick Worth said: “The intention is to create a Food Enterprise Zone within which businesses, with clear links to the food and farming sectors, can be set up and operate flexibly to enable future expansion and to create business certainty.

“The focus will be on food chain industries.”