Plans for new mixed use commercial development in Sleaford approved

Plans from Tesco for a new mixed use commercial development in Sleaford have been approved.

The development will consist of 6 retail units, a retirement living facility with up to 58 rooms, a bowls club facility, a drive through coffee shop and 450 parking spaces. It will be built at the former Advanta Seeds site in the centre of Sleaford. The vacant brownfield site occupies a 5.46ha parcel of land, formerly occupied by warehouse buildings.

A document released by North Kesteven District Council ahead of its decision on the scheme said: “The proposed scheme will not have a significant adverse impact on the existing town centres vitality and viability. Furthermore, through the use of pedestrian links the proposed development can be considered to aid in increasing footfall into the existing town centre.

“Whilst it is acknowledged by Officers the proposed scheme will result in an increase in vehicle movements within the area, the proposed development will not result in an impact that is considered sufficiently severe to sustain the refusal of planning permission.”

A design statement submitted to the council says: “This proposal will provide a range of uses that substantially add to the vitality and diversity of the area upon a substantial and largely vacant town centre site. The delivery of major investment and employment in an area which performs less well than the remainder of the district (in terms of unemployment and multiple deprivation) is to be welcomed, and provides the opportunity for positive contribution to streetscene and the performance of the local economy.”