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Spalding Western Relief Road

Subject to funding, the Spalding Western Relief Road would provide a new route around the west side of the town, linking Spalding Common in the south to Spalding Road/Pinchbeck Road in the north.

The relief road would be built in three phases:

  • South Phase 1 is the southern section of the road and includes a roundabout at B1172 Littleworth Drove and an overbridge spanning the rail line. This will be constructed as part of the Holland Park development, which received outline planning permission in May 2012. An application for detailed planning consent will be the next stage. This is likely to be the first section of the relief road to be constructed.
  • North Phase 2 is the northern section and would connect to the B1356 Spalding Road via a roundabout. It proposes to run alongside Vernatts Drain and includes a second overbridge spanning the same rail line as Phase 1. This phase would release land, as identified within the draft South East Lincolnshire Local Plan, and it is expected that the North Phase itself may be delivered in three phases.
  • West Phase 3 will form the final link between the North and South phases. Whilst the route is not yet defined, a ‘safeguarded corridor’ is highlighted within the draft South East Lincolnshire Local Plan.

Lincolnshire County Council is working in partnership with South Holland District Council on the project. The county council is currently working to ensure that the proposals comply with local policies and strategies so that the route is protected and can be delivered in phases as and when funding becomes available.

Aims and benefits

  • Support and facilitate sustainable population and commercial growth within South Holland
  • Reduce delays and improve journey times for road users
  • Lessen the impact of increased freight passing through Spalding and the associated increase in level crossing barrier downtime
  • Reduce traffic congestion in Spalding town centre
  • Enhance connectivity by improving west to south links around Spalding
  • Enhance quality of life for residents of Spalding by improving air quality, reducing carbon emissions and addressing issues of town centre safety
  • Improve the reliability of public transport by minimising delays in the town centre
  • Support and encourage walking and cycling by reducing town centre traffic and providing safe links

Cost and funding

Contributions from development will remain the primary source of funding for the three phases of the relief road. The pace of these funds becoming available will dictate the rate at which the route can be constructed. Some funding may also be available from the county council. 

A £224,000 grant for the Northern Spalding Sustainable Urban Extension, which will be used to support the development of technical and detailed design work for the Northern Phase of the relief road, was formally accepted in July 2017.

Lincolnshire County Council and South Holland District Council were awarded £12m from the government’s housing infrastructure fund towards the Northern Spalding Sustainable Urban Extension and northernmost section of the Spalding Western Relief Road in February 2018.

Although Central Government funding is not currently available for such schemes, future opportunities for Government funding, or funding through the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, will continue to be monitored and bids submitted if appropriate.

Planning permission and public consultation

Further consultation can be expected, including the following two elements of the scheme:

  • As part of South Phase 1, the Holland Park development received outline planning permission in May 2012. An application for detailed planning consent will be the next stage, and statutory consultation will be conducted by planners at South Holland District Council when the detailed planning application is submitted.
  • For North Phase 2, statutory consultation will also be conducted by planners at South Holland District Council when any detailed planning applications are submitted.


Jul 2011Public consultation undertaken
Nov 2011Consultation report released for North Phase 2
May 2012Holland Park development receives outline planning permission
Sep 2014Transport strategy for Spalding and the surrounding area adopted by LCC and South Holland District Counci
Jan 2016Proposals for North Phase 2 presented for public scrutiny
Jul 2017Grant funding towards development of technical and detailed design work for the Northern Phase formally accepted
Feb 2018£12m in Housing Infrastructure Fund awarded towards northern section of scheme

*All future dates are projected and subject to change dependant on external factors.

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News: Spalding Western Relief Road

Spalding Transport

£12m funding to support the delivery of the northern section of Spalding’s Western Relief Road

1 February 2018 | Updated: 2 February 2018

Major development for Spalding is a significant step closer after an announcement today that South Holland District Council has been successful in securing funding.

Spalding Transport

Grant award for Spalding Sustainable Urban Extension

27 July 2017

A major development for Spalding is a step closer after South Holland District Council formally accepted £224,000 of Government money.

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