Plant would “secure business”

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A planned new factory would help secure a growing business in Market Rasen, says company director Tony Bell.

Parallel Flooring Accessories, which makes trims and accessories for wooden floors, hopes to relocate from Pasture Lane to Caistor Road to help it cope with growing trade.

The company has submitted plans for a new commercial workshop, offices, access road, car parking, HGV turning area and associated screening, in a project that could top £1M.

If approved, there would be a 1930m2 workshop, 829m2 of offices, plus parking for 27 cars, five motorbikes and 10 bikes on a 1ha site north of Market Rasen currently used as arable grassland.

A report prepared by agents Keir Associates says Parallel is “rapidly expanding in the marketplace and is desperately needing new and larger premises which will allow the company to grow and in turn provide more employment in Market Rasen.”

Parallel MD Tony Bell said his business has been in the town since 1996 and over the years has expanded its Pasture Lane premises several times, but the current location, which is increasingly surrounded by housing, is no longer big enough.

The company began with just one staffer but now has 17.

“The new premises will secure the business in Market Rasen. At the moment we are running out of space and there isn’t anywhere else in Market Rasen. As we fill the new premises, there’s potential for another 15-20 staff, not immediately but as a progression of the business,” Mr Bell told the Rasen Mail.

“It would be a bit difficult if we didn’t get permission.”

However, one Market Rasen resident has contacted the Rasen Mail to brand the proposal a “grotesquely inappropriate major development.”

“This proposal goes against development on the edge of settlement policy. Large business/commercial premises are in no way in keeping with stabling and small farmsteads as you enter Market Rasen on the A46,” he said.

“This proposal goes against development in open countryside policy, or it is not remotely essential for them to be in open countryside. It is also outside the Market Rasen development area.

“Regardless of landscaping plans, etc, I have no idea how they could hide such a massive building in open countryside directly next to a main thoroughfare”, he said, noting it would be 10 metres tall.

The ‘concerned’ resident, who prefers to remain anonymous, also wonders what Parallel would do with its existing premises, suggesting earmarked land for development down Gallamore Lane would be more suitable for the project.