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Multi-million pound plans taking shape

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Progress on plans to develop land on the outskirts of Sleaford for housing, recreation, education and employment are rapidly taking shape.

At a regeneration conference hosted by North Kesteven District Council chief executive Ian Fytche last week, he outlined a number of projects on the agenda for 2013 that will be progressing under the banner of the Sleaford Regeneration Masterplan over the next 12 months.

He saw that despite a struggling national economy there was a need to stimulate growth and jobs in the district and he calculated £400-500 million of development was moving forward in North Kesteven.

Jennifer Sherlock of Sleaford Property Developments outlined previously-announced plans to build 1,400 homes on a site off London Road, with phased in primary school, care home, medical centre, community centre, sports pitches and local shops. Recent consultation raised concerns about traffic but residents were looking forward to not having to struggle into town for essentials. A planning application is likely by February.

Mike Shields of Shields Estates was acting on behalf of a consortium of landowners drawn together to develop land to the north west of Sleaford within the confines of the A15 bypass. This would see both residential and commercial development, offices and facilities linked to the bypass to create employment with a new junction near Drove Lane. He added work could be done on landscaping and drainage to sustain a constant flow for the River Slea. The scheme would take shape over the next 10 years.

There could be a new primary school and a secondary school, something both Carre’s and Kesteven and Sleaford High School are keen to grasp with a view to becoming a mixed grammar school if funding of around £60 million can be found. Carre’s head teacher Nick Law said an out-of-town site would allow expansion: “Some are against, others in favour of single sex schools and that is an issue you will come up against.” He said Carre’s site would be complex to redevelop due to its older buildings but the main issue was where would funding come from. “But it is what is best for future generations of the town. Seventy per cent of our students use public transport already and most live up to six miles out of town.”

 

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