More than 400 new county jobs are one step nearer today, after councillors gave the go-ahead for work to start on an exciting new development.

West Lindsey District Council has given Stirlin Developments – which is working in partnership with Castle Square Securities and Banks Long & Co – the green light to forge ahead with its Enterprise West Lindsey site.

The positive news highlights everyone’s confidence and determination to make Stirlin’s largest commercial scheme to date a reality.

Stirlin Developments Managing Director James Kirby said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have secured outline planning permission.  This scheme has been several years in the making and  it will provide opportunities for many many years to come.  We first identified the site in 2015, as an obvious and required extension of our Saxilby Enterprise Park.

“The Saxilby & Ingleby Parish Council Neighbourhood Plan consultation was in full swing and we had to move swiftly to promote our scheme for its inclusion.  The Parish Council was fantastic to work with and appreciated the merits of our proposal, with its economic benefits and infrastructure improvements.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the members of the Parish Council and the Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group for their assistance and support during the consultation process and beyond.”

Although Mr Kirby cannot give a definite start date, initial enabling and site servicing work will get underway within months and definitely before the end of this year.

“The 20-acre site will provide more than 200,000 sq ft of space and offer design-and-build requirements from 3,000 sq ft to 30,000 sq ft and a range of freehold and leasehold properties.

“These will include light industrial, hybrid and office units suitable for a wide range of businesses, from start-ups to small-to-medium enterprises and larger national operators wanting a presence in the Lincoln area,” said Mr Kirby.

“I am feeling incredibly positive about the Enterprise West Lindsey site because its location has fantastic connectivity and has always enjoyed strong demand during the years that we have been developing in the area.

“This site, unlike any other we have previously delivered, will be capable of much larger requirements. Therefore, it will facilitate a much broader range of businesses.

“Demand for light industrial units, manufacturing space and distribution warehousing will, in our opinion, only increase in the decade ahead, as more people than ever turn to the internet for their shopping.”

Castle Square Securities Director George Lockwood said:  “It’s terrific to have secured outline planning permission in this strategic and burgeoning location.

“With a clear understanding of the site and balanced approach to employment use and the environment, we are excited to now see the full potential realised at Enterprise West Lindsey, delivering growth for the district and Greater Lincoln area.”

Banks Long & Co Associate Director Lewis Cove said: “We are delighted to hear that planners have given Stirlin permission to make a start on this important project.  We look forward to widely marketing the opportunities it offers, to industrial and commercial occupiers across a broad range of sectors.”