Spalding

Spalding “gateway” business park set for refusal

South Holland District Council looks set to refuse the next phase of a major business park plan, including new homes, which would aim to be the gateway into Spalding.

Ashwood Homes lodged plans to build an office building and eight small business units to the north of the Lincs Gateway project, along with an enabling development of 43 houses.

The overall project is part of a bid within the South-East Lincolnshire Local Plan to create a “prestige employment site”.

The housing would include 12 two-bedroom, 29 three-bedroom and two four-bedroom houses.

But councillors on the authority’s planning committee will be recommended to refuse the plan at a meeting on September 4.

An example of the houses involved in the build.

Council officials said in a report that the site is “not an appropriate location” for new homes.

Work has already started nearby, with the creation of a petrol station with retail, cafe and restaurant facilities and a hotel and pub space.

Documents submitted by Ashwood say it has so far invested more than £1 million in the park and moved their head office to the area.

How the office building might look.

It said: “Work now needs to begin on building out the northern section of the project, which will provide the main area of the business park.

“There is a substantial amount of interest in the market in this project, but not on a speculative basis; it is necessary to provide new accommodation within the site.”

“If this is provided, Ashwood Homes are confident that it could be fully let within a relatively short time.”

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