Fresh plans for Spalding ex-factory site

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DEVELOPERS have resubmitted their plans to transform a former turkey factory site in Spalding into a business park.

Ashley King Developments has put forward revised plans for the Bernard Matthews factory site in Clay Lake to South Holland District Council.

The firm is hoping to secure outline planning permissionreplace the former turkey sheds with modern industrial units that could bring hundreds of jobs to the town.

Full planning permission is also being sought for a new junction from the site onto the A16.

This time last year, up to 500 jobs were in the pipeline when Irish meat firm Dunbia expressed an interest in the site.

However, the plans fell through when Dunbia decided not to expand.

“This application is the result of the decision of Dunbia to no longer proceed with the development of a major meat processing factory on this site,” according to the design and access statement submitted with the plans.

“This was primarily due to the downturn in the economy. As a consequence, with no agreed end user the development has had to be redesigned to appeal to a wider range of businesses.”

Outline plans show a range of buildings for the site, ranging from 450sq m to 12,000sq m.

The application says the site has suffered from vandalism and is in need of “environmental improvements”.

It is envisaged several hundred jobs will be created once the development is complete.

The application concludes: “The proposal will not give rise to any significant problems. On the contrary, the new development is likely to have less potential to cause disruption than the original use, particularly as traffic will not use Spalding Drove.

“The proposal will have significant benefits.”

Speaking earlier this year, director Ashley King said the development would give businesses looking to expand more choice.