Growth options workshop planned

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A range of people and organisations who want to see Grantham grow will come together at a workshop next month.

Housing developer Larkfleet Homes is hosting a breakfast workshop to help explore the town’s options at the Ramada Hotel, Grantham, on Tuesday July 9.

Speakers at the open event - there are still places available - will cover such aspects as planning, the economy, employment, education, health and the environment.

Speakers will include: Stuart Pigram, chairman of Grantham Business Club, Tony Aspbury of Anthony Aspbury Associates, Jane Tricker from the Homes and Communities Agency and Fran Hutchinson from the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership.

The Government has recognised the national need for new homes and provided incentives to unlock barriers to development and, in Grantham, the core strategy has identified a need for 7,680 new homes by 2026. According to the Grantham Area Action Plan, more than 5,500 of those homes are yet to tbe built.

Growth means new jobs and new opportunities to improve leisure and culural facilities as well as housing.

The GAAP vision is for the town to be a “vibrant and key economic centre in Lincolnshire” by 2026 with: “a high quality choice of retail, leisure, residential and employment opportunities for all.” The workshop will explore how those involved can help achieve that aim.

Karl Hick, managing director of Larkfleet Homes, said: “We all want to see Grantham grow and prosper, offering opportunities for people living and working here. This means building more houses, including affordable homes, improving the town’s infrastructure, creating more jobs and providing a wider range of high quality amenities for local people.

“It also means getting our health and education offers right and making sure everything we do is sustainable. Bringing people together in this way is vital so that we can discuss together the opportunities for unlocking the growth which has so far seemed stifled.”

Mr Pigram said: “We need to work together to grow. By supporting our local economy, we can realise the potential of the town.”

* To attend the workshop, which will last 8-10.30am, contact Mark Pearson on 01733 207336.