Cheap car park plan moves a step closer

The old Grantham Road depot entrance and neighbouring house which has been bought to widen the access road. EMN-140212-142255001
The old Grantham Road depot entrance and neighbouring house which has been bought to widen the access road. EMN-140212-142255001

Plans are being prepared for a 100-space temporary car park in Sleaford to support the town centre.

North Kesteven District Council has bought two acres of land off Grantham Road, as part of its long-term plan to increase affordable housing and edge-of town parking.

As negotiations continue with Network Rail over further land acquisition there is a short-term opportunity to make use of the land.

The Full Council on December 18 unanimously voted to support the Executive Board’s recommendation for the temporary car park to be created ready for opening in the summer, and to operate until the housing scheme progresses, discouraging anti-social use of the site.

A planning application will be made in January, for determination in March. If approved, work will carry on up until June creating a suitable access and installing lights, parking machines, lines, signage, fencing and barriers.

With a likely all-day charge of £2, it is anticipated the car park will appeal to rail commuters and workers. With the warehouse that stood on the site now demolished, the site is covered with concrete hard-standing deemed suitable for temporary parking. Parking in this location will link directly to the southern end of the new railway footbridge to be built. This is the first of a number of new car parks envisaged over the next few years.

North Kesteven Council leader Marion Brighton said: “Growth is something we all support for Sleaford, economically as well as in its vibrancy and vital facilities. To be able to deliver much-needed car parking in the short-term while we move forward with our longer-term plan for permanent parking and homes, is a tremendous benefit.”

The 40 new council homes planned for part of the site are part of a £50m-plus programme to build 500 across the district in the next decade.