Plan for nine flats on Grantham street raises fears of parking fiasco

Parking on Stuart Street in Grantham.
Parking on Stuart Street in Grantham.

A plan to build nine flats on a Grantham street has raised fears that it will cause parking chaos.

Invicta Rentals Ltd has submitted the plan to South Kesteven District Council for nine one-bedroom apartments on Stuart Street with no provision for off-street parking.

Baxters Yard in Stuart Street, Grantham, where nine flats are planned.

Baxters Yard in Stuart Street, Grantham, where nine flats are planned.

Residents in the area have been urged to make representations to the council highlighting concerns over parking and any other issues.

Until recently the site at Baxter’s Yard, 35 to 40 Stuart Street, was occupied by a business, Skillington Workshop, which has recently been demolished.

A letter by local residents has been circulated in the area urging people to write to the council. The letter says: “The proposed plans show the frontage completely built up to the pavement with no vehicular access. I am sure you know how difficult parking is on Stuart Street in the evenings when we are all home from work etc.

“A further possible nine plus vehicles trying to park here will make a difficult situation impossible. We have objected on these grounds.”

District ward councillor Charmaine Morgan said the parking situation was of great concern in the area and she was trying to ensure the plan was put before committee so it can be debated instead of officers making the decision.

Coun Morgan said: “The parking problems around Stuart Street and Harrowby Road are well known. The proposal for nine flats could have anything from nine to 18 cars associated with it and this will have a significant impact on parking in the area of Stuart Street as it is also used as a parking area off Harrowby Road.

“There is, however, a shortage of one bedroom properties in Grantham and I have caseloads relating to people who are trying to find somewhere to live. There is mounting pressure in Grantham as the council seeks to infill places to build as our population grows. As the local member I will support my local residents.”

If you wish to make a comment about the plan you can go on-line at www.southkesteven.gov.uk/planning or write to case officer Rachael Skillen, Planning Department, SKDC, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham NG31 6PZ and quote reference S16/0312. The deadline is Monday, March 14.