Green light for £12m business park

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A £12MILLION plan to transform a former turkey factory site in Spalding to a business park – creating hundreds of jobs – has been passed unanimously by councillors.

Holbeach-based Ashley King Developments has been given full planning consent to build a new road access onto the A16 from the former Bernard Matthews site at Spalding Drove, Clay Lake.

The company has also won outline consent to replace turkey sheds with modern industrial units.

South Holland District Council’s planning committee gave the go-ahead on Tuesday.

Council planning officers recommended approval.

Their report to the committee said of the application: “It would redevelop a previously developed site of poor appearance with the provision of up to 2,700sq m of commercial floorspace with good access to the national road network and the potential for several hundred jobs with consequent benefits to the local economy.”

Coun Angela Newton told the planning committee: “I think in a time like this, when things are tough out in the street, it’s good that we have got somebody who is bringing forward some units.”

She said the plan would encourage business start-ups and the council should do all it can to encourage enterprise in the area.

Coun Rodney Grocock said: “I am sure our officers will look after it to the best of their ability and I support this totally.”

Ashley King, managing director of the development firm, told the Spalding Guardian his company aims to complete the works on the A16 as a first step and then build the estate road within the development.

He hopes to meet the county council within the next three months so a start can be made.

Mr King said there are a number of parties interested in taking industrial space on the site and the overall number of jobs created will depend on the end-users.

He said: “It’s a sustainable business park. I can’t say exact numbers but it will create substantial employment.”