Missing link road causes traffic concerns over latest Bass Maltings plans in Sleaford
THE latest application for the Bass Maltings development has been given the thumbs up by Sleaford Town Council but concerns were raised over the traffic implications.
The latest application submitted by the developers, Gladedale, to North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) is to remove a condition restricting development of the site until an additional link road between Boston Road and Mareham Lane has been built.
At a meeting of the Applications Committee at Sleaford Town Council last week, Councillor Mark Graves said: "Originally that development was going to be for residential units only and now they're going to build a lot more there but with no new road.
"It's obvious that this will impact the Bass Maltings site – it doesn't make sense."
Phase one of the application includes the development of one block for offices; a museum area and enabling the development of 24 houses with associated parking.
Councillor Brian Watson said: "I think there's a long way to go here. We have got what most people in Sleaford want with the development and houses but it would be good to keep an eye on what's going on with the highway."
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 and originally it was required that a link road would be necessary between Boston Road and Mareham Lane.
Councillor David Birks said: "With regard to the traffic, the studies on the documents declare that the bulk of people who make traffic will be doing so on foot. It forms quite a substantial part of their case."
Overall it was agreed that there were no objections to the proposed application but Councillor Mark Allan added: "The issue is there has to be some improvement to the roads. It won't work as it stands at the moment."
The final decision is to be made by NKDC in the next few months.