New business units near Lincoln lined up for approval

North Kesteven District Council will decide on plans for 23 new industrial units at Witham St Hughs business park next week.

As previously reported, 24 new units were initially proposed by Fawcett Construction in an effort to improve St Hughs Business Park on Camp Road.

The site was previously used as a construction plant operators training and testing centre.

The number of planned industrial units has been reduced to 23 after concerns were raised by council officers.

The plans will be discussed by the planning committee at a council meeting at 5pm on Tuesday, November 20.

Proposed general arrangement site block plan. Photo: Stem Architects Ltd

A council document published ahead of the meeting said: “The scheme would provide accommodation for new and existing small businesses to locate adjacent to the Witham St Hughs settlement which will see significant expansion in the near future.

“The scale and design of the scheme is considered to respect the character of the area and the neighbouring land uses with conditions proposed to mitigate impacts upon the amenities of the nearest residents, and to protect existing trees and landscape features. Ecological enhancements are also proposed and would be secured by condition.”

Photo of existing site stood from Camp Road facing east over site. Photo: Stem Architects Ltd

Regarding the amendments to the proposals, the document continued: “The proposals have been amended during the course of the application in response to concerns raised by officers in respect of available parking and manoeuvring space within the site and the potential for impacts upon the service road.

“The amendments reduced the total number of units from 24 to 23 and reduced the size of the units within the central row from 140m2 to 121m2 to create additional parking and manoeuvring space within the site.”

Photograph of existing site on left, facing south along Camp Road. Photo: Stem Architects Ltd

Developer Fawcett Construction Lincoln previously said the existing yard would be removed to make way for the new units.

The proposal would see the new units used for office space, light industrial units and storage. A separate entrance door, roller shutter door and signage panel would be provided for each unit, as well as a rear access door.

The site falls within a designated area which is established as an employment area within the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan. If the proposals are approved it would create new jobs within the local and wider area.