Expansion plan for Spalding nursery plan gets the go-ahead

Bridge Farm nurseries
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A Spalding-based international horticulture business has got the go-ahead for a large development of glasshouses.

Managing director of Bridge Farm Nurseries, David Ball, told councillors of the company’s expansion plan for the company created by his parents in 1988.

He explained that the project would keep horticulture within Spalding and to reinstate the growing of tulips - trade which had been lost to the Netherlands.

The 39.5 hectare development - of glasshouses, packing area and associated buildings - will be situated on land off Clay Lake Bank, to the east of the A16 by-pass.

Commenting, ward councillor Harry Drury said: “It’s great to see a firm growing and expanding in South Holland.

“I was sorry to see a loss of trade to the Netherlands. It’s also a massive contribution to local employment.”

Coun Andrew Tennant added: “They need to expand to be competitive and I wish them every success.”

Coun Angela Newton that the firm had always responded well to any problems on their other local sites and that the company had done a lot of work with some of the less able people in our district. Good luck to them.”

Members unanimously approved the plans