December 16, 2019 10.51 am This story is over 23 months old

Grantham Magistrates’ Court to be demolished for £3.5m care home

End of an era for the court

A former magistrates’ court in Grantham will be demolished to make way for a £3.5 million care home.

Councillors on South Kesteven District Council approved the plan by Ladhar Crown Care Developments to flatten the courthouse on Harlaxton Road.

A new two-storey, 55 bedroom care home will be built as part of the proposal, as well as 21 car parking spaces.

The former magistrates’ court closed its doors in 2016 with cases moved to be heard in Lincoln and Boston.

The Grantham Magistrates court site on Harlaxton Road. Picture: Crown Care Developments.

At the time, the Ministry of Justice said the court had cost £237,000 to run the previous year.

It added that it was also operating at 25% its capacity, which the government said justified the closure.

The court was confirmed as one of 86 to close across England and Wales in February 2016.

Now, the developer has said in its plans that the new care home will become a large local employer.

It said: “The development would represent a capital investment of over £3.5 million and would create a business that would eventually employ approximately 70 local people on a full-time and part-time basis given the 24 hour staffing of the building.

“The business will represent a large new local employer and will have a sound financial future on the basis of present demographic trends.

“It also has a wider benefit to the community in increasing the demand for support services and will have a positive impact on local values and may provoke other capital investment in the area.”

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