Official launch of Skegness’ Countryside Business Park

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 Dexter and John Chappelle, also representing Croftmarsh Limited.
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 Dexter and John Chappelle, also representing Croftmarsh Limited.

Business representatives from Lincolnshire and the Skegness area gathered today (Wednesday, March 25) for the Official marketing launch for the new Skegness Countryside Business Park.

The event was held at the Aura Business Centre on Wainfleet Road Industrial Estate on Heath Road, before guests were transported to he outskirts of Skegness to visit the development site off Skegness’ Industrial Estate, where a sign was unveiled.

Business representatives from Skegness and Lincolnshire stand by the newly erected sign for the official launch of Skegness' Countryside Business Park.

Business representatives from Skegness and Lincolnshire stand by the newly erected sign for the official launch of Skegness' Countryside Business Park.

Prospective plans for the new development in Skegness were revealed at the event, including mock plans of how ‘Phase One’ of the business park would look, once it becomes established.

The event gave invited local companies the opportunity to learn about the upcoming development, which will create a range of new business spaces and could ultimately lead to the creation of 700 new jobs.

Paul Wheatley, group manager of economic development at the county council, said: “The business park will give local firms the room they need to grow, something that will be of great benefit to the local economy.”

Croftmarsh Limited added: “The Countryside Business Park has been part of the long-term development strategy by local company Croftmarsh Limited, and is designed to provide an important development site for national and local businesses to be situated to support the envisaged expansion of the Skegness and surrounding area’s economy.

“It is believed the site of 67 acres will be a substantial fit-for-purpose business park where future occupiers can thrive and succeed and be an important part of Skegness’s growth in coming years.

“Our private sector investment with national and county support will assist job creation on the park and this ‘working together’ has pulled forward this development which will be important to supporting the growth of the Lincolnshire coast and creating real and diverse job opportunities for its residents.

Adding: “We are proud to be leading this development with the GLLEP and LCC.”

The estimated £8m project has been made possible with funding from: the Single Local Growth Deal grant, provided through the Greater Lincolnshire LEP; Lincolnshire County Council; and Croftmarsh Limited.

Work is planned to commence on site in Autumn 2015 in order to avoid the tourist season.

The Business Parks 67 acres comes with extant planning permission for Commercial, Entertainment, Hotels, Innovation, Retail and Offices.

Together with LCC THE landowner, local company Croftmarsh Limited has taken the project forward and been successful in attaining up to £4m of a Growth Fund grant, to assist the private sectors involvement to deliver the site into use.

Much of the £4m will be used to create, 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).

It will be designed with an extra fourth leg, to allow, in due course, the joining point for the Skegness Western Corridor, joining the A52 through to the A158.

The infrastructure costs could top £13m and onto that, would be development costs on the then serviced land.

In excess of £4m has come from Croftmarsh Limited to deliver the project and this money will be used with public sector funds to bring the project to fruition.

It is hoped that of the potential 700 jobs created, they will fulfil a mixed range of activities and skill requirements, bringing real opportunity to the people of Skegness and the area, and a more ‘year round economy’.

A spokesman for Crotmarch Limited said: “The site also offers a perfect area for inward investment, as the modern infrastructure and size of the site is of a scale to be flexible to investors needs.”

For more details and the full story on the development, pick up a copy of the Skegness Standard next week on Wednesday, April 1.