Mega business park will bring 100s of jobs

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Oct 2018

A NEW £2.6million business park is set for approval in North East Lincolnshire as part of the £42 million SHIIP Programme designed to boost the economy in the borough.

North East Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee has been recommended to approve plans for a huge new 62-hectare business park close to the Stallingborough Interchange – in order to maintain a ready supply of “oven-ready” sites to support investment in the local economy.

The plans are part of the £42 million South Humber Industrial Investment Programme, a scheme designed to create thousands of jobs locally, link up the area’s ports and protect the local environment.

If approved, it is hoped that the site will bring forward a “key strategic employment site that will make a significant contribution towards meeting the employment needs of the borough”.

Read more: Plans submitted £42m scheme's South Humber Bank link road

The business park would create 20 business units on the park, which will be developed in three phases, and will provide space for research and development, general industry and storage and distribution units.

The site would be nearly triple the size of the nearby Europarc, the area’s flagship business park, developed over the past 20 years.

In the design and access statement for the site, North East Lincolnshire Council said: “The delivery of the Stallingborough site is an integral part of the borough’s overall employment strategy, and its delivery is crucial to the success of the emerging Local Plan.

“The proposal has been designed to help achieve wider sustainability objectives, economic, environmental and social, whilst also complying with a number of the council’s policy aspirations.”

An aerial snapshot of where the business park will be located and an artist’s impression, above.

At present there are currently no objections to the development, with the local Healing Parish Council only raising a concern about light pollution and an impact on the village.

The site has been deemed ideal by the council due to its proximity to nearby ports, particularly the port of  Immingham, which is one of the busiest in the country.

It comes as plans have been passed to create the South Humber Bank Link Road, a vital part of the plan to open up the areas between Grimsby and Stallingborough for further development.

The council has rubber stamped the 2.5km stretch between Moody Lane, Grimsby, and Hobson Way, Stallingborough.

It will see the existing road giving access to major industrial sites at Basf, Technical Absorbents, Great Coates Business Park (the former Courtaulds plant) and Lenzing Fibers, from Moody Lane upgraded, with new construction past the latter plant and through to an existing roundabout.

Known as Energy Park Way, it will enhance the single carriageway, with shared cycle and footway.

A late January start is envisaged, with a tender process currently under way through the regional framework facility the local authority uses.

It is a key plank in the South Humber Industrial Investment Project, and will relieve pressure on the A180 to connect the ports of Grimsby and Immingham.

A decision on the business park will be made at the next meeting of the North East Lincolnshire Council Planning Committee on Wednesday, October 10, at 9.30am in Grimsby Town Hall.

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