Expansion set to create 85 jobs

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Up to 85 new jobs will be created as part of a plan to expand a manufacturing company in Hemswell Cliff.

Vitamin, mineral and supplement manufacturer ParkAcre has applied for planning permission to redevelop land behind its existing site at hangar two in Caenby Corner Industrial Estate.

The proposal includes the erection of a storage building, a building link to a newly constructed production facility building, demolition of existing buildings and general alterations to existing external parking and access arrangements.

A statement in ParkAcre’s planning application - submitted to West Lindsey District Council by Lincs Design Consultancy - said: “Due to ParkAcre Enterprise’s growth and success since their move to the area it has become evident that the business needs to expand its facility – with this in mind ParkAcre have purchased the area to the rear of the hangar (redevelopment site) and are bringing some of the existing buildings back to use.

“It is anticipated that the facility will need to double its current capacity to maintain demand.”

The planning application says it is anticipated 80 to 85 staff will be employed as part of the redevelopment - in both office and production roles.

The application stated: “Bringing people and business to areas within West Lindsey is something WLDC have been keen to promote in their economic strategy.”

ParkAcre currently provides a minibus to transport production staff to and from Hemswell from neighbouring areas – and this will be promoted as part of any business growth.

The redevelopment site is currently used as an overflow parking area for the Hemswell Market days – this is something ParkAcre says it is keen to maintain as part of its proposals, although not to the extent of present.

A planning statement said: “In evaluating the redevelopment site against the proposals for the necessary growth of the existing business, and through the success of ParkAcre Enterprises Ltd in its current facility, it would be logical to retain its current facilities within the area.

“This offers benefits to the business to allow such growth and benefits to the local economy and the potential for additional business for the area and employment.”

And the proposal includes a commitment to renewable energy.

The application stated: “The proposed facility will be modern in its manufacturing processes and contemporary in its appearance, emphasising ParkAcre’s commitment to its customers, and potential customers, perceptions as well as its ethic towards staff and visitors.

“The new facility is situated in an ideal location, designed to reduce the visual scale of the buildings, and also allows for the potential for renewable energy installations to be incorporated into the design.”

And ParkAcre says its plans have already received ‘positive feedback’ from WLDC’s chief executive.

“ParkAcre have discussed their proposals with the current chief executive at WLDC and have received positive feedback and support,” the application stated.

In a closing statement, the application said: “WLDC are of the opinion that the proposals, with full design of detailed aspects to be agreed through planning conditions prior to works starting, will only enhance the area and the existing business and see no planning reason to refuse the development.”

The application will be determined by WLDC’s planning committee soon.