Grantham locals support plans for £100m designer outlet village

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Plans for a £100 million designer outlet village have received early indications of support from local residents following a three-day consultation.

Consultations took place between September 15th and 17th where the public could see the plans for the proposed 270,000 sq ft Grantham Designer Outlet Village at King 31 land, just south of the town.

The village would consist of around 130 shops, restaurants, cafes and a hotel and is expected to create around 1,500 jobs. It is also anticipated to attract up to 3.5 million visitors per year to the area and include around 1,800 car parking spaces.

Developers Rioja Developments would work with Grantham investors and property owners Buckminster to create the retail village.

Giles Membrey, Managing Director of Rioja Developments, said: “It was great to see that, despite the rain, so many local people came out to view our proposals over the weekend. The initial feedback we have received is very positive, and we are all very excited about the benefits the Designer Outlet Village could bring to Grantham.

“I am looking forward to reviewing carefully what local people have said, refining our proposals, and presenting updated plans in a few weeks’ time.”

All the feedback from the consultation will be taken into account in developing the final plans to submit to South Kesteven District Council.

Stephen Vickers, Managing Director of Buckminster, said: “We are absolutely committed to Grantham’s future, meaning that listening to and understanding the views of local people is incredibly important.

“We are thrilled that the public has shown such strong support for the scheme, which further demonstrates Grantham Designer Outlet Village’s potential to act as a catalyst for economic growth as well as its appeal as a shopping destination.”

A second consultation will take place in the coming months to present any changes that will be made to the plans before they are submitted to South Kesteven District Council.