The man who acted on behalf of a landowner selling 55 acres of prime industrial development land at Spittlegate Level has hailed the scheme as ‘promoting Grantham to the Premier League in terms of investment and jobs.”
After planning permission was granted, the full impact of the decision on the local economy is now being felt. Grantham has previously lost business to other areas because of its lack of infrastructure, particularly in terms of logistics facilities – and then Covid hit.
So, the green light to a huge investment in building much-needed warehousing on former farmland is being seen as the panacea to the local area’s woes.
Nick Dawes, head of commercial, Brown & Co, Lincoln, who acted on behalf of the landowner, said: “Grantham has until now been a Sunday side when it comes to investment and the creation of jobs. This scheme to provide the area with much needed, cutting-edge warehousing in a market with strong demand for top quality logistics facilities promotes the area to the Premier League.
“Now Grantham can compete shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Cambridge, Peterborough, Newark and Doncaster in terms of investment and job creation on the A1 corridor.”
South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee unanimously approved the scheme at Spittlegate Level, forming part of the wider Grantham Southern Gateway strategy.
Council officers added the scheme offered local businesses the chance ‘to stay and grow.’
Chris Brown, principal planning officer, South Kesteven District Council, said: “It therefore is a genuine gamechanger for the Grantham (and wider South Kesteven) offer and will allow us to compete with other towns and sites that have already benefited from the excellent location.”
Applicant Carta Real Estate (Grantham) said the proposals to build three massive warehouses on the site would create 1,727 full-time equivalent jobs.
The site’s potential is further enhanced because of its location close to the new Southern Relief Road – forecast to offer large housing development opportunities from Spittlegate across to the Prince William Barracks site.
A key driver for the increase in residential occupants will be to secure local employment opportunities on the site - and retain earnings within the local economy.