Spalding shopkeepers are calling on the district council to make it easier for investors to develop retail space in the town centre.
The plea comes from Spalding Town Retailers’ Association (STRA), which recently asked South Holland District Council to deliver on its promises to support the town centre’s vitality and viability.
The traders are once again pointing to council-owned land in Drapers Place as a potential site for retail development, perhaps linked to a neighbouring, privately-owned site currently subject to a planning application for apartments for the over 55s.
A statement from STRA says: “At least three property owners in/around Spalding advised at the public hearings for the South East Lincolnshire Local Plan that they are seeking to invest in the area and seeking to develop retail space.
“Local retailers are calling on the council to encourage these owners to commit to develop within the existing town centre rather than seeking to develop out of town and on the periphery of the town.”
Recently, the council said it was “keen to enhance the vibrancy of Spalding’s town centre as part of its plans for the overall growth of the town, and wider growth plans for the whole district”.
In regard to Drapers Place, a council spokesman said: “The council will be assessing the potential of its own land to deliver wider benefits alongside the development of a strategy for the town centre as a whole.”
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