Sunday, September 19, 2021

Detailed plans submitted for first units at new £56m enterprise park

Detailed plans for the first business units to be built on Sleaford’s new £56 million enterprise park have been revealed, including the raft of eco-conscious measures within them.

Solar panels, electric vehicle charging points and shelters, bicycle storage, thermal energy saving measures and more are planned in this first phase of the enterprise park created by North Kesteven District Council.

Around this phase of units would sit native tree and self-watering planting areas sculpted to collect and make use of rainwater, hedging and wildflower meadow planting to support pollinators.

Provision would be made too for a wide range of wildlife with bat and bird boxes and hedgehog homes, plus log and matter piles for reptiles, insects and invertebrates to also reflect their importance and their need for habitat.

The plans for this first phase are made up of two plots. Plot one contains nine units ranging from 121 to 192 square metres which would benefit from solar panels, energy efficient insulation and electric vehicle charging points along with the inclusion of a green wall. Plot two contains six slightly larger grow-on units ranging from 313 to 476 square metres with solar panels, an electric vehicle charging shelter and extra efficient insulation.

Planners are currently considering the application for this first phase. If approved both plots will be built speculatively and could be complete before winter next year.

Leader of North Kesteven District Council, Councillor Richard Wright, said: “We couldn’t be more pleased to share these plans for phase one of our Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park. In total these units would create an extra 2,367 square metres of new space for business, bringing fresh potential for jobs and economic growth.

“We have already received a substantial amount of interest in Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park which we feel demonstrates two things – that there is demand for new business space in our District because it is a great place to live, work and invest, and that there is a need for developments which build back better.

“We hope that the range of energy-saving and wildlife conscious measures in this first phase of units will not only support our actions on climate together in the District but ripple out and inspire a greater level of change.”

This reserved matters application for phase one of the park follows a hybrid planning application for Sleaford Moor Enterprise Park approved earlier in the year.

Currently tendering work is going on to identify a main build and construction contractor for the strategic infrastructure and construction works on the site including the civils, spine road construction, plus delivery of these phase one units.

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