Business boost with nine units

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The business scene in Alford has received a boost with a decision by EastLindsey District Council to grant full permission for nine industrial units to be built on a grassed area of land adjacent to 2 Beechings Way.

There were letters of objection from two neighbours fearful of loss of privacy and potential noise and light pollution, but the planning committee overwhelmingly approved the application submitted by Lincs Design Consultancy Ltd on behalf of ASTCO.

With the aim of protecting the amenity of residents, Coun Tom Ashton and Coun Jim Swanson both argued in favour of imposing a restriction that the proposed units should only be occupied between 7.30am and 6pm on weekdays, between 8am and 1pm on Saturdays and not at all on Sundays and Bank Holidays. But this suggestion was rejected by committee colleagues on Thursday who noted that the only types of activity permissible would be those already allowable on domestic premises.

“We need to encourage entrepreneurship, not stifle it,” urged vice-chairman Coun Dick Edginton.

An optimistic note was sounded by chairman Coun Neil Cooper who expressed the hope that one of the units might host ‘the next Apple’ - a reference to the American computer and hi-tec giant that started life in a domestic garage.