The Range has plans to come to Grantham – and create jobs

Grantham's retail park on Gonerby Road
Grantham's retail park on Gonerby Road
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Plans for the refurbishment of Grantham’s retail park on Gonerby Road have been submitted, which could see home and garden retailer The Range open a store in town.

According to the application submitted to South Kesteven District Council, the changes will lead to significant investment and the retention and creation of over 100 local jobs.

Two of the retail park’s warehouse units have remained unoccupied since Land of Leather went in January 2009 and Carpetright left in November 2011.

Now there are proposals to improve and extend the site to accomodate The Range, who were unable to comment at this early stage.

The plans include the formation of an external area for garden centre use, and the installation of a new internal mezzanine floor, along with replaced cladding and a new shop front.

DFS will continue to have a branch at the retail park, but this will be relocated from its current warehouse to more modern units, while the existing Wickes will be unaffected by the proposed work.

The plans were submitted to SKDC on February 13 by Tristan Hutton, associate director at White Young Green Planning and Design.

The submitted application states: “The proposals will result in significant visual and environmental improvements to a tired and out-dated retail park.”

Moreover the plans revealed: “The scheme will result in the provision, both directly and indirectly, of a large net increase in the number of local jobs in the area. Over 100 new jobs will be provided/retained to the benefit of the local economy.”