Business park for Skegness marks ‘new era’ of investment

From left: Neil Sanderson of Croftmarsh Ltd, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Coun Colin Davie, deputy chairman of the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) David Dexte,r and John Chappelle, also representing Croftmarsh Limited. EMN-150325-145053001
From left: Neil Sanderson of Croftmarsh Ltd, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Coun Colin Davie, deputy chairman of the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Partnership (LEP) David Dexte,r and John Chappelle, also representing Croftmarsh Limited. EMN-150325-145053001
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The official marketing launch of the Skegness Countryside Business Park, a project with the potential to create up to 700 jobs, has taken place.

Representatives from local businesses gathered at Skegness’ Aura Business Centre, in Heath Road, on Wednesday for the event.

A sign was unveiled and plans shown, including how the first phase would take shape.

The project has been made possible thanks to funding from the Single Local Growth Deal grant, provided through the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), along with Lincolnshire County Council and landowner Croftmarsh Limited.

Work is planned to begin on site this autumn in order to avoid the tourist season.

The project sees an initial £8m pound investment, rising to £13 m as it is developed. The 67-acre site comes with planning permission for commercial, entertainment, hotels, innovation, retail and offices, encouraging ‘year-round’ investment, the partners say.

The county council and Croftmarsh Limited has secured a £4m Growth Fund grant to assist the private sector in bringing the site into use. Much of the sum will be spent on creating at its entrance a ‘future proofed’ roundabout, designed of a size to handle increases in future road traffic to support growth of the local economy and to act as a joining point for the Skegness Western Corridor, connecting the A52 through to the A158.

Executive member for economic development at the county council Coun Colin Davie said: “I particularly want to thank Roy Sanderson (owner of Croftmarsh Limited) who brought this project into existence. I’m clear Skegness has for many years, been under-invested in and today is the beginning of a new era.”

Roy Sanderson’s son Neil, a director at the firm, said: “It will give father great pleasure to see the project develop. He is like a stick of Skegness rock, if you were to cut him you would see he is Skegness through and through.”

David Dexter, LEP vice-chairman, said: “These projects are on a time-scale. There’s a risk that the granted money could be withdrawn. It’s the LEPs role to make sure it is complete.”

He said the project ‘hinges’ on the building of the Skegness Western Corridor.