Grantham link road plan for bypass submitted

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A planning application has been made for a 3km long link road as part of the proposed bypass for Grantham.

The southern quadrant link road could eventually form part of the Grantham southern relief road, connecting the A52 at Somerby Hill to the A1. The application has been submitted to South Kesteven District Council.

The application by Lincolnshire County Council includes a proposal for a 3km single carriageway, a bridge spanning the Witham valley, as well as three new roundabouts. A cycleway and footpath will also be built, alongside other improvements to existing access roads.

If successful, the road will form a key part of the wider plan for Grantham, which will lead to around 3,500 new houses as well as new schools, medical facilities, and employment opportunities.It is also aimed at reducing traffic congestion in the town centre and improving transport links to the rest of the country.

Les Outram, Senior Project Leader for Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It was always our intention to submit the planning application in March 2013 and we’ve succeeded in doing that. We will continue our dialogue with the district council, statutory consultees and the public.”

SKDC Head of development and growth Mark Williets says that consultation will now get under way with a view to getting the application before a planning committee for consideration in the summer.