BREAKING NEWS - Neighbours informed as NKDC goes ahead with Compulsory Purchase Order bid for Sleaford link road

Boston Road recreation ground. The route proposed to be taken by the new link road. EMN-140910-101606001
Boston Road recreation ground. The route proposed to be taken by the new link road. EMN-140910-101606001

North Kesteven District Council is pressing ahead with its Compulsory Purchase bid for securing the Sleaford’s controversial South East regeneration route.

The CPO seeks to secure the land and rights required for a new road to be built linking Boston Road and Mareham Lane in Sleaford. The aim of this is designed to provide adequate access to facilitate regeneration of the Bass Maltings for housing, retail, leisure and community use; enable development of five hectares of the former Advanta Seeds ite for a new Tesco supermarket and car parking; and support broader economic growth in the town.

The route of the link road past the Maltings and Tesco sites and across the recreation ground. EMN-140910-101432001

The route of the link road past the Maltings and Tesco sites and across the recreation ground. EMN-140910-101432001

All of the necessary documents have now been signed by all relevant parties and the Compulsory Purchase Order sealed by NKDC’s Chief Executive Ian Fytche.

Service of the order by letters to everyone affected began yesterday (Wednesday October 8) and the official notice is to be posted up along the road route.

Notice of the CPO will be advertised in local Sleaford newspapers on Wednesdays, October 15 and 22 and the order will be submitted to Secretary of State Eric Pickles by the end of the month for confirmation.

Lincolnshire County Council has also formally posted notices for its Side Roads Order on site and to everyone affected this week and will follow the same timeline.

A formal representation period now runs in both cases for six weeks from October 15 to November 27.

During this time and throughout the process, NKDC will continue to negotiate with all affected landowners, as it has been doing for many years, with hope that agreement can be reached with all parties.

Sleaford Town Council currently opposes the road route cutting through its recreation ground on Boston Road and its applications committee meet behind closed doors last night to discuss the latest developments and plan its next steps.

A copy of the order and accompanying maps can be seen at the offices of the acquiring authority, NKDC, at Kesteven Street, Sleaford, NG34 7EF and also at the offices of Lincolnshire County Council at County Offices, Newland, Lincoln Lincolnshire LN1 1YS.

Any representation to the order must be made in writing to: the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, National Planning Casework Unit, 5 St Phillip’s Place, Colmore Row, Birmingham B3 2PW, before Thursday, November 27.

Any objections which are made should state the title of the order, The North Kesteven District Council (South East Sleaford Regeneration Route, Sleaford) Compulsory Purchase Order 2014, the grounds of objection and the objector’s address and interests in the land.

No representations should be made directly to either North Kesteven District Council or Lincolnshire County Council.

If there are any objections that are not withdrawn or disregarded, the Secretary of State may hold a Public Inquiry or follow a written representation procedure to consider the objections. Following this a decision will then be made within four months whether to confirm the order with or without modifications.

This is the first time in its 40 year history NKDC has made a Compulsory Purchase Order, a decision taken by the Council’s full membership on June 26, 2014, in order to move forward with its long held regeneration aspirations for Sleaford, including the protection of the historically-significant and endangered Grade II* listed Maltings complex.

○ A confirmed order would authorise North Kesteven District Council to acquire compulsorily the land and new rights described below for the purpose of facilitating the development and operation of the South East Sleaford Regeneration Route, exchanging parcels of land on the Recreation Ground, as described in the plans, resulting in a larger piece of land and increased tree planting in compensation for the strip to be taken for the road.

It is anticipated that the whole process would conclude in the autumn of 2015.

The order would acquire:

5,461 square metres of land at Bass Industrial Estate and access road with weighbridge, known as Maltings Way;

420 square metres of derelict commercial premises known as Sleaford Maltings, Sleaford;

1,279 square metres of industrial premises, Bass Industrial Estate;

2,422 square metres of industrial premises, Bass Industrial Estate the right for the acquiring authority and its lessees, licensees, successors in title, assigns and those authorised by any of these to enter onto the land to undertake demolition of existing buildings thereon, remove all demolition materials and make good the land;

525 square metres of grassland to the south of railway;

421 square metres of railway line, the right for the acquiring authority and its lessees, licensees, successors in title and those authorised by any of those to enter onto and carry out any works necessary for the construction, use and maintenance of a bridge carrying a highway together with the permanent right for the bridge to overspan the railway lines;

6,278 square metres of demolished site lying to the east of Southgate, Sleaford;

6,305 square metres of land known as Queen Elizabeth II Field, Boston Road Recreation Ground to the south of Boston Road;

80 square metres of land adjacent to highway known as Boston Road, Sleaford;

6,793 square metres of demolished site lying to the east of Southgate, Sleaford.

○ More on this in Wednesday’s Sleaford Standard.

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