Work has been well underway this week with the demolition of a disused industrial building to make way for new council housing and a public car park.
More than 100 new cheap, long-stay car parking spaces are to be created for people travelling from the south side of Sleaford to support the increasingly vibrant town centre.
North Kesteven District Council’s vision for the old Marque Technology depot site, between Grantham Road and the railway line, is to build around 40 new council houses, costing around £4m, in addition to the car parking to be laid out closer to town with easy access over the tracks via a new footbridge.
While these plans progress, the intention is to install temporary car parking in the interim – within weeks or months - so that the benefits for residents, shoppers and workers can be realised as soon as possible.
This comes at a time when the county council is moving towards installing parking restrictions along London Road and Grantham Road to satisfy residents’ concerns about on-street parking.
It is the initial realisation of the Sleaford Car Parking Strategy tied in with the Sleaford Masterplan for the town centre.
The site, with access to the west of Elite Fish and Chips, is currently being cleared and planning applications for the newly revealed scheme and the footbridge are close to being submitted.
Parking in this location will link directly to the southern end of the new railway footbridge via what is currently Network Rail’s depot (subject to negotiations), helping station passengers and shoppers. This is the first of a number of new car parks envisaged over the next few years.
The 40 new homes are part of a £50m-plus programme to build around 500 new council houses across the District in the next decade, 27 of which are very close to completion at the former Bonner House site on Mareham Lane.