CAN there be growth for Grantham in the jobs permafrost for years ahead predicted by leading economics teams?
I look at the Grantham Area Action Plan [October 2011 by South Kesteven Planning] and there are some good ideas.
The areas identified for expansion seem about right, but not drawn nearly tight enough.
Another of their good ideas is to make the best of the former Cattle Market grounds at the back of the well-refurbished Market Place.
I’m still worried by three things. The housebuilding line has sneaked up from Whalebone Lane, a sensible eventual boundary, now going all the way out to the roundabout at The High Dyke.
I’m not sure which lobbyist or developer to congratulate for this latest triumph over common sense in planning, but it’s a serious error as they will build on the flatter land away from town before tackling the more costly stuff on the slopes.
A generation will go by before anything is joined up and a settled community can take root.
Your correspondence about the planned east-west bypass is mostly bang on the money. It’s a good thing to have, but it will provide no traffic relief at all. The school run and all those extra houses will see to that.
Traffic congestion is internally generated. Growth means more traffic. Rather than hyping it up, why not be honest?
The eventual east-west bypass may well remove some vans and trucks, but it will make The High Dyke lethal, or should that read “even more lethal”, so it’s not a panacea to our problems.
The bus station still concerns me greatly. The idea of moving it away from Morrisons to the underneath of a multi-storey car park on Station Road is not a good one in my opinion.
They are trying to sneak it through with some covering blather about being nearer the railway station, a good idea on paper, but come on - the bus station is in the right place already.
How about some answers from Council Leader Linda Neal? Go on, just for once. It might become a habit.
It boils down to a lack of confidence. Having seen the mess South Kesteven have made planning the former industrial area of Spittlegate in very recent years, we will have to watch them like hawks on this new stuff.
Quality frontages. A town-like appearance. Working from the centre outwards.
These are the watchwords. Jobs and prosperity come from people wanting to move in, not from giving developers a free hand.