Joint statement by NKDC, LCC and Gladedale in response to Sleaford Standard report (October 16, 2013) and wider public questioning of Gladedale Estates’ commitment and link road timing.
Contrary to assertions being made by Sleaford Town councillors concerning the delivery of the link road in advance of the Maltings redevelopment beginning, nothing has changed from the position set out in current planning approvals.
In short, this is that Lincolnshire County Council Highways requires a link road to be built and open before any more than two blocks of the Maltings can be occupied.
The obligation for a link road to be built in order to serve redevelopment of the Maltings dates back to the Supplementary Planning Document of 2006 – predating Tesco’s acquisition of the Advanta Seeds site (on April 17, 2007), its planning permission (originally on June 9, 2009) and even Gladedale’s interest in the Maltings project and subsequent planning consent (November 14, 2011).
In the intervening period discussions have taken place – and continue – in relation to the sequencing and timing of these linked schemes with all partners remaining committed to delivery of the link road as soon as practicable in order to unlock the town’s regeneration potential.
Enclosed below is a section taken from the highway sections of the original committee report (09/0006/FUL Full Application & LBC/2294) for the Maltings.
This shows that Highways’ stance has not changed.
Highways and access:
The redevelopment of Sleaford Maltings will necessitate the construction of a link road connecting the site between Boston Road and Mareham Lane. This is in accordance with the adopted Sleaford Maltings Supplementary Planning Document which in paragraph 3.4 identified the following local road network improvement that would be required to support the redevelopment:
l A light controlled junction onto Mareham Lane;
l A bridge over the railway line providing a link to Boston Road;
l The upgrade of the access road from Mareham Lane to the Maltings to an adoptable standard capable of acting as a primary access road. Preference will be given to schemes that do not involve the relocation or alteration of the historic entrance gateway.
The Supplementary Planning Document also states that the link road will have the ability of this route to alleviate congestion at the level crossings, bringing benefits to traffic circulation around Sleaford and offering the opportunity to develop land north of the railway line.
Members will be aware that the council has resolved to grant planning permission for the new link road (08/1220) that was submitted by Lincolnshire County Council subject to the signing of a Section 106 Legal Agreement. When constructed, it will be this link road that will provide the highway infrastructure that serves the Maltings.
There is a dispute between LCC Highways and the applicants with regard to the assumptions in the detailed Traffic Assessment that relates to permitted uses of the Maltings and the associated vehicle trips, and which could represent a fallback position when assessing the need for infrastructure improvements.
The views of LCC Highways as statutory highways authority is that the new uses associated with the Maltings redevelopment would trigger the need for the link road to be constructed and operational prior to the occupation of all but Blocks 1 & 2 and the enabling residential dwellings.
This requirement is embodied in a phasing condition that is recommended to members.