April 13, 2023 8.00 pm This story is over 14 months old

New vehicle parts factory in Kirton to create 80 jobs

A boost for the area

By Local Democracy Reporter

Plans for a specialist vehicle parts factory to be built in Kirton have been approved, creating a batch of new jobs in the area.

Due to recent growth, Parkinson Harness Technology Ltd submitted plans to relocate its main headquarters to land to the southeast of Avalon Road.

It’s believed the factory will create up to 80 new jobs in the local area.

The site on the Kirton Distribution Park is regarded as be ideal due to its access to major road networks via Kirton.

It will also include office space, canteen facilities and parking spaces for a total of 107 cars, with room to add a further 20 in the future.

The company currently occupies two sites in Boston and Haven and is hoping to use this new development to combine them into a single location.

Unique to Lincolnshire, Parkinson Harness Technology is a well-known supplier of parts such as high voltage cables, wiring harnesses and battery leads within the UK and European specialist vehicle market.

The proposed development | Image: Boston Borough Council

“In 2018 the company was purchased by Dhoot Transmission Pvt Ltd, headquartered in India. The access to low labour cost manufacturing that this has facilitated has seen the company grow rapidly in recent years; it has also seen the company receive significant extra investment,” read the proposals.

“The subject of this application is fundamental to the next stage of that growth and demonstrates the company’s willingness to commit to Boston Borough.”

The plans received an objection from Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

Boston Borough Council planning officers have approved the plans, saying the facility will “assist the sustainable development of a successful manufacturing company.

The decision report concluded: “The site is allocated and is suitable for the proposed uses and the proposal is considered to be sound in principle.

“Whilst the scheme will have impacts on both public and private amenity, mitigations can be secured by condition which will ensure that amenity impacts are not unacceptably harmful.

“The design and layout of the scene will, again subject to conditions, be in keeping with the distinctive character of the locality, and the scheme is capable of implementation without causing an increased risk of flooding or pollution on or off the site.”

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