Building work on a new retail park in Gainsborough that will create 50 new jobs is due to get started within the next six months.
The Carr Lane Retail Park will be located off the Lea Road roundabout, near the rear of B& Q and Wintern Court.
The development would boast six units with a combined 1,524 square metres of retail floor space with 68 car parking spaces.
Tim Bradford, of chartered surveyors Banks Long & Co who are acting as agents for the developer MF Strawson,said: “At this point in time there is no fixed start on site date but plans are being put together in the hope that construction will start within the next six months.”
West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee unanimously agreed to grant permission for the planning application in February.
Coun Malcolm Parish, chairman of the prosperous communities committee, said: “Supporting growth in the district is one of our priorities and we believe the retail units will play an important role in regenerating this prominent site close to Gainsborough town centre.”
“Not only will this development improve the appearance of the area and contribute to the overall appearance of the town, but it will create jobs, which is excellent news for local people.”
“The application was granted subject to a legal agreement requiring jobs to be advertised locally first in order to benefit people in the town.”
Samantha Dodd, Gainsborough Town Partnership manager, said it was ‘encouraging’ to see the council taking an active role in the long-term development of the town.
“Building a new retail complex, appointing a construction firm, setting up supply chains and recruiting new members of staff shows that there is confidence in the market town,” she said.
But she also urged the developers to work with local businesses, some of whom were opposed to further development outside of the town centre.
“Any new development being built in an established market town must be done in partnership with local businesses,” said Samantha.
“From the beginning I’ve urged there to be an open and honest dialogue between all parties involved.”
“And I hope that any concerns, or questions, that local businesses have over the plans are answered swiftly to avoid unrest.”
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