Food Enterprise Zone, Off Welbourne Lane South
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The South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) covers an area of 17 hectares of employment space with its main focus being to create bespoke, high quality business space for new businesses and SME’s specifically in the agri-tech sector; with particular emphasis on creating a suitable environment for high tech businesses developing cutting edge technology and innovators.
Specialisms we would like to attract include the food supply chain, productivity, food sustainability, logistics and packaging.
More information can be found on www.southlincolnshirefez.co.uk
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The South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) covers an area of 17 hectares of employment space and is split into two phases. There is also permission for an additional 900 residential units on the north western edge of Holbeach, close to the FEZ. A Local
Development Order was adopted on 20th November 2018. It is designed to streamline the planning process by removing the need for developers to make separate planning applications for development within the FEZ.
Its main focus is to create bespoke, high quality business space for new businesses and SME’s specifically in the agri-tech sector; with particular emphasis on creating a suitable environment for high tech businesses developing cutting edge technology and innovators. Specialisms we would like to attract include the food supply chain, productivity, food sustainability, logistics and packaging.
Facilities will be provided to support these businesses. As well as access to the University of Lincoln, these include a “Hub” building that will provide business accommodation and ancillary space to encourage collaboration and stimulate sharing of ideas and best practice. Businesses will also be on the doorstep of the University of Lincoln’s National Centre for Food Manufacturing, and its additional teaching facilities; opening up opportunities for collaboration as well as a ready made skills force.
The South Lincolnshire FEZ is positioned to the west of Holbeach in the south of the county and is located at the intersection of the A17/A151. Eight miles from Spalding and 24 miles from Peterborough which provides a direct train route to London in 46 minutes.
South Lincolnshire sits at the heart of a global food processing cluster which stretches across Eastern England from Norfolk and Suffolk, through the low lying and productive fens of Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire, and into the higher arable heartlands of Lincolnshire and inland into the east midlands.
The South Lincolnshire FEZ is ideally positioned in the centre of this cluster, and is rapidly developing the reputation of being the UK’s Food Valley.
The Agri-food sector combines agriculture, food manufacturing, wholesaling and distribution with a strong focus on underpinning technology. We have an international reputation for food, fish and farming and one of the largest concentrations of food manufacturing, research, storage and distribution in Europe. We are developing a UK Food Valley ecosystem which will bring together the food industry, food supply chain, technology suppliers, government and academia, to position our food cluster as a world class investment location.
Greater Lincolnshire is responsible for growing 30% of the nation’s vegetables and producing 18% of the poultry, with a total agricultural output of over £2bn in 2019, representing 12% of England’s total production.
This strength in agriculture is replicated in food processing with the UK’s largest fish processing cluster on the Humber, the centre of the UK’s fresh produce industry in South Lincolnshire and major arable, poultry and meat processors spread right across the area and we are therefore strategically important in national food security.
More focused on the commercial food sector than any other LEP, 18% of our workforce is employed in agriculture, food processing, food wholesaling and distribution. The sector is 5 times more concentrated in Greater Lincolnshire than at UK level and, in South Lincolnshire at the Heart of the UK Food Valley, this rises to 10 times.
Our food cluster contains world class farmers, UK and international food processors, traders and logistics companies. Spalding in the south of the county, alone dispatches over 1,000 lorry loads of food into the supply chain each day! The UK Food Valley cluster in Lincolnshire is ambitious, has strong private and public investment, and is innovating.
The sector here is also a major investor in skills, innovation and research. The last five years have seen significant investment in the agri-food R&D and innovation infrastructure in Greater Lincolnshire with the creation of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), the growth of the National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM), the development of an Institute of Technology (IoT) - focused on higher level skills in agri-food, and the development of Bishop Burton’s Riseholme Showground campus.
The food industry is the fastest growing sector in the UK and employs more than any other sector in the UK, with Greater Lincolnshire employing nearly 30,000 highly qualified individuals in food processing alone.
Food is what we do in Greater Lincolnshire and business choosing the Food Enterprise Zone will be able to easily lock into established supply chains, networks, logistisics and proactive support from local partners such as as Lincolnshire County Council, South Holland District Council, Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership and Team Lincolnshire.
The available plots in Phase 1 of the Food Enterprise Zone offer a high level of flexibility and can be tailored to suit the needs of interested businesses.
The masterplan and plot layout of the Food Enterprise Park shown on the full details which shows the opportunity exists for plots to be merged if this option allows a business to gain the right size plot for their intended use.
Plot 1 - 11,315 sqm / 1.315 ha
Plot 2 - 6,605 sqm / 0.6605 ha
Plot 3 - 1,485 sqm / 0.1485 ha
Plot 4 - 1,485 sqm / 0.1485 ha
Plot 5 - 1,485 sqm / 0.1485 ha
Plot 6 - 1,485 sqm / 0.1485 ha
Plot 7 - 1,485 sqm / 0.1485 ha
Plot 8 - 1,720 sqm / 0.172 ha
Plot 9 - 2,770 sqm / 0.277 ha
Plot 10 - 2,710 sqm / 0.271 ha
Plot 11 - 2,460 sqm / 0.246 ha
Plot 12 - 3,960 sqm / 0.396 ha
The Local Development Order was adopted on 20th November 2018. It is designed to streamline the planning process by removing the need for Developers to make separate planning applications for development within the FEZ.
The LDO grants outline planning permission, with all matters reserved, for employment and education-led schemes on the whole of the FEZ site for the following range of uses:
• 20,000 square meters B1 Business Use (offices/research and development);
• 20,000 square metres B2 General Industrial Use;
• 9,500 square metres D1 Non-Residential Institutional Use (education and training);
• 1,500 square metres D2 Conference Facilities;
• 1,500 square metres A2 Financial and Professional Services Use;
• 3,000 square metres C1 Hotel or Motel Use; and
• Ancillary B8 Storage & Distribution and A3 Restaurant/Café Uses.
The LDO also grants permission in principle for associated infrastructure and site preparation works.
The Order is accompanied by a set of planning conditions which require details of reserved matters (access, appearance, landscaping, layout and scale) and that the development is carried out in accordance with the site-wide Flood Risk Assessment. They also require the prior installation of circulation routes, the provision of car parking, details of surface water drainage and foul water discharge, pollution control, site and floor levels, construction management and demolition control.
Planning applications will be considered and a decision will be made within eight weeks of application.
The multi-use space will provide small and medium-sized business tenants with support services, networking, meeting & events space and catering, within the South Lincolnshire Food Enterprise Zone.
There will also be workshops and offices, specifically designed for small or start-up businesses within agri-tech to establish themselves with access to the best support and expertise. It will offer specialised, collaborative environments and flexible, cost effective property solutions, enabling food industry participants to exchange knowledge, boost productivity and grow.
Please see the full details for the full details on individual suites that are available to let.