'Stronger together' - collaboration is key

"We are stronger when we stand together" - this was the message from SKDC Leader Cllr Kelham Cooke, as he outlined ambitious plans for growth at a key housing conference.

Speaking at the Larkfleet Conference 'Meeting the Challenges of House Building Recovery', he said: "We are stronger when we stand together. Collaboration is key to meeting challenges and conquering adversity. It is also the key to success."

He explained his determination to meet the challenge of delivering an average of 650 homes a year by 2036: "We have seen significant growth in our housing market, with the support of partners such as Larkfleet. In 2019/20 we topped 729 new housing completions, the highest for more than a decade.

"Our support for key proposed developments in Grantham, including the garden village at Spitalgate, and our partnership with Burghley in Stamford to bring forward a fabulous mixed-use development at St Martin's Park, are just two examples of exciting potential within our district.

"I am clear that at SKDC we will be continuing on our road to economic recovery, building on relationships and trust with our residents, businesses, and partners, that have been cemented by our shared experience of fighting the spread of Covid-19."

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