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Holbeach's Institute of Techology Agri-Food is granted planning permission

Exciting plans to build an Institute for Agri-Food Technology have been approved by planners.

The University of Lincoln received planning permission from South Holland District Council to construct the teaching building at the Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ), on the outskirts of Holbeach.

Work is continuing on the £5million project, which also includes a Centre of Excellence, close to the A151 link road.

The master plan for the Food Enterprise Zone
The master plan for the Food Enterprise Zone

The decision notice, which was issued on Tuesday, states: "The proposal would contribute positively to the development of the higher education site as it would provide additional technical teaching facilities, furthering students' education and continuing research."

The university applied to construct a 492sq metre single storey building, adjacent to the Centre of Excellence.

Teaching rooms, a library, offices and related utility rooms would be included within the institute.

Work continues on the site.
Work continues on the site.


The Institute would form a shared resource for the National Centre for Food Manufacturing on the FEZ and from the main Holbeach campus. It will provide additional space for growth for the university.

The building would be surrounded by a lawn with wild flowers and grasses to promote local biodiversity.

The centre of excellence, which is currently being built, will house microbiology and chemistry laboratories, a high-tech test kitchen and sensory suite, break space and seminar rooms, and will be a base for leading industrial scientists.

This scheme is one of two exciting projects for Holbeach. The district council has submitted an interim bid for the Government's Future High Street Fund to improve the town centre.

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