Grantham has been labelled a “diamond” by the headteacher of Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School.
Graham Burks was speaking at the unlocking Grantham growth workshop on Tuesday when he said: “In terms of education, Grantham is a diamond. You are producing massively bright children in Grantham and the reason for that is that all the schools are so good. The reason we are so good at producing talent is that all the secondary schools are good. “
He said the town was producing at least 250 University students per year.
The Grantham Area Action Plan, now withdrawn, had the vision for the town to be: “A vibrant, and key economic centre in Lincolnshire with a high quality choice of retail, leisure, residential and employment opportunities for all.”
Karl Hick, mananging director of Larkfleet Homes, who organised the workshop, said: “We all want to see a prosperous town that can offer the chance for people to live and work happily and for visitors to enjoy.
“It’s not just about homes, its about moving forward in a balanced and sustained way, but we have to get moving. If the homes aren’t built, that will lead to chronic housing price inflation. The supply has to meet demand.
“We want to discuss ways to unlock the growth which has so far seemed stifled. Clearly the demand is there for growth in Grantham.”
There were other presentation from the Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership and The Woodland Trust, both pointing out that the “green infrastructue” had wide health and other benefits and urged planners and developers to inlvolve their organisations much earlier in the development process.
Fran Hitchinson from GLNP said: “Doing that will not only speed up development, it will probably make it cheaper for the developer as well and the result will be better all-round.”