Grantham's town centre is ideal for regeneration and has great potential to grow and develop.
Plans identified in the Growth Point Programme will enable the town centre to enjoy increased footfall, whilst providing better services for local people.
The area is the subject of a detailed masterplan which sets out the most appropriate town centre uses.
The regeneration of the town centre aims to provide a mixed-use development which includes retail, leisure, office, public realm, transport and education and destination facilities.
A development brief has been prepared for the site adopted in October 2010. The land adjacent to Grantham Station presents an ideal opportunity for a high profile redevelopment to improve this crucial gateway to the town. With London just over an hour away by train, the station, the approach and immediate surrounding area has a huge daily commuter traffic. The area offers enormous potential for a mixed development of business, retail and residential uses and will form an integrated link to the town centre.
Development briefs have been prepared for of and which will focus on improving retail offer and the night time economy as well as both commercial and community use. In addition an overarching theme will be improved pedestrian access, connectivity, and the public realm in general. These will be formally adopted as part of the Grantham Area Action Plan in late 2012.
A Shop Front Improvement Scheme has been piloted in Grantham with nine shops receiving approval for major new work to make them more attractive. Works on these properties will commence in Spring 2012.
A phase 1 application for Townscape Heritage Initiative funding through the Heritage Lottery Fund was submitted in November 2011 and is due for determination in April 2012. This will support refurbishment of building in the conservation area as part of the overall improvements to the built heritage of the town.
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