Date Published: 06 November 2020
Up to 500 jobs could be created for North Kesteven at a proposed business park which looks to bring together economic growth with measures to cut carbon and respond to climate change as a District.
A detailed masterplan has been released for North Kesteven District Council’s 37 acre Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park, on land north of Pride Parkway in Sleaford.
The site would unlock new opportunities in North Kesteven with plans showing 37,245 m2 of floor space for new business and industrial units, creating much-needed space for businesses to expand and potential for attracting new investment to the District.
A hybrid planning application containing the masterplan has been submitted for planning consent, along with indicative drawings and layouts.
It seeks full planning permission for the construction of site-wide infrastructure including a spine road within the site, landscaping, drainage and earthworks, and at the same time requests outline permission for 37,245 m2 of new buildings with further details for them submitted at subsequent stages.
Leader of North Kesteven District Council Councillor Richard Wright said: “Our Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park is a significant investment for North Kesteven and after much hard work we’re immensely proud to share the detailed masterplan with our communities and seek the permission required to make this long-held vision a reality for our District.
“It’s a chance to unlock opportunity in North Kesteven. It’s also a mark of confidence in our businesses and communities which together, and despite the difficulties still caused by coronavirus, stay determined and resilient and continue to make our District the fantastic place it is to live and work in.
“A key aim for Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park is to respond to climate change, and so it would incorporate advanced low carbon and environmentally conscious measures in order to achieve a sustainable site which will create a precedent for future developments.
“We’re setting our sights on becoming carbon neutral not only as a Council but as a District by 2030 together with our communities, as set out in our recently approved Climate Emergency Strategy and Action Plan. The measures to cut carbon and connect with the local environment throughout our Sleaford Moor Enteprise Park show just how keen we are to achieve this, together.”
Site-wide measures in the hybrid application include landscaping to bring in the natural environment, planting along the spine road to create a green backbone with emphasis on indigenous plants, tree planting in line with the Council’s tree strategy, sustainable drainage systems and attenuation ponds doubling up as water sources for wildlife and increased wellbeing.
Solar panels, UV light harnessing technologies for low-level lighting, empowering the use of electric vehicles and bikes, wildflower verges, tree planting, efficient insulation and use of natural light to cut down energy demand are some of the things to be explored in depth for each individual unit and surrounding plot at subsequent stages.
Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park would be an extension to the already established industrial area in the north east of Sleaford, creating potential for local supply chains, innovation and collaboration along with opportunity for connections with any new businesses drawn in by the site.
It benefits from the strategic east to west access the A17 gives across Lincolnshire and its connections with the A1 and east coast ports. It’s also easily accessible by bus, cycle and on foot including new pathways to accommodate this as sustainable travel choices. Amenities in Sleaford are within walking distance and there would be pedestrian access to new-build housing nearby and the adjoining Sleaford Moor woodland for increased wellbeing.
If approved a tender process would follow, with infrastructure work expected to complete in 2021 and phased development of units through to 2027.
The units would be available for leasehold and have a range of uses, mainly general industrial, warehouse and distribution with ancillary office space and potential for trade showroom use. Consideration would be given to freehold sale of individual plots or constructed units, including turnkey solutions
The site was purchased by North Kesteven District Council with the aim to create a business park. It’s a Strategic Employment Site as is defined in the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan. For more about the scheme, visit businessnk.co.uk