Council rejects Lincoln business park expansion for second time

A plan to expand a Lincoln business park has been rejected for a second time by North Kesteven District Council.

LEP Developments, which is expanding the Lincoln Enterprise Park on Newark Road, planned to build 21 new industrial units on the site.

The proposal came as part of the seventh phase of the development.

But, the council refused the plans and said the expansion posed an “unacceptable form of development in the countryside”.

How the site is planned to be laid out, including phases 1-7.

The proposal included:

  • 450sqm of office space
  • 1,575sqm of light industrial space
  • 1,575sqm of storage and distribution space
  • 80 new car parking spaces

An economic assessment in support of the plans added that it will protect employment, encourage new business start-ups and line-up with NKDC’s support for the expansion of existing businesses.

However, North Kesteven council said the proposal was not in a “sustainable location”.

In its decision, it said: “As such it is considered that the scale of development proposed poses an unacceptable form of development in the countryside resulting in significant harm to the character and appearance of the rural area, which would not be outweighed by the benefits of the proposal.”

The council rejected a similar plan from LEP back in May 2019 saying the build would be “visually intrusive” and was an unacceptable scale in open countryside. They considered it would not be a sustainable location.

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