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Storage container business plans for Pinchbeck fail to win planning permission because of low job creation

A project to open a self-storage site with 150 containers in Pinchbeck has failed to impress planning committee members because of the low number of jobs that would be created.

Economic development officers for South Holland claimed that plans by Ely businessman Steven Layn to open a storage container business off Wardentree Lane and Benner Road, near Morrisons superstore, gave “no clear indication of how any additional jobs might be created in the future”.

District councillors who sit on the planning committee voted 14-1 against the plans, persuaded by the argument from the area’s economic development team that “this application is for a significant area of allocated employment land that brings just two jobs”.

South Holland District Council news.
South Holland District Council news.

Speaking at the meeting on behalf of Mr Layn, planning agent Kay Davies said: "The site would provide an important facility to support local businesses in securing storage for their equipment and other items.

"The proposed storage would also serve growing businesses at existing premises in the area.”

But Pinchbeck district councillor and planning committee vice chairman Coun James Avery said: "It’s aa site of 8,000 square metres, about a third of the size of Morrisons, that’s only going to offer two jobs which I don’t think is a very good use of business land."

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