Decision time on shops and offices plan for derelict Bass Maltings site in Sleaford
THE regeneration of the derelict Bass Maltings site into a complex of shops, office space and more than 200 apartments could go ahead without the need for an additional link road.
An application has been submitted to North Kesteven District Council by developers to go ahead with the project without the link road between Boston Road and Mareham Lane and is due to be decided in the next couple of months.
Sleaford Town Councillor Brian Watson, who was against the proposal to build a link road and a new Tesco at the site, said: “If this gets the go-ahead it will be a great benefit to Sleaford to finally see this building being developed.
“I really don’t see why there is a need for building the link road. If they go ahead with this plan then we can see if there is a need for additional roads once it’s up and running but I don’t think this will generate all that more traffic to the area than there is already.
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“When The Maltings were in full swing there was no additional road there so I don’t see why there should be a problem with this either.
“The site is pretty central so a lot of people in Sleaford may walk to it or use the buses.”
The full plan for the site is to provide a mixed use development including the creation of residential units; healthcare and community facilities; office space; restaurant and retail space.
The plans also include a new building to create a two-level car park; provision of open space and a children’s play area.
A spokesman from project developers Gladedale said: “The planning consent issued for The Maltings redevelopment in November 2011 included a condition limiting development of the scheme beyond its first phase until the new relief road and bridge link has been constructed.
“However, due to the considerable external repair costs of the redevelopment, it is no longer viable to develop the first two phases of the project in isolation. Given the projected timescales for the delivery of the relief road we have submitted a planning application requesting that this condition be removed.
“If approved, this will allow the regeneration of The Maltings to progress without further delays, however the financial contributions towards highway improvements proposed as part of the previous application will remain.”