North Kesteven is committed to supporting economic growth in the district and taking a proactive role in delivering jobs, regeneration and driving investment in infrastructure including transport.
North Kesteven is a district of some 100,000ha and 110,000 inhabitants located immediately south of the city of Lincoln and east of the A1. The area is largely agricultural with 65% of the population living in rural villages and the remainder in two conurbations, North Hykeham and the Greater Lincoln Area including, Waddington, Bracebridge Heath, Washingborough and Branston and in the south of the district the thriving town of Sleaford with 18,000 inhabitants.
Getting the right people with the right skills is vital if you want to grow your business. North Kesteven has the most highly skilled workforce in the county, with some of the best performing secondary schools and established strengths in farming, manufacturing, engineering and defence industries not to mention highly skilled RAF personnel at Waddington and Cranwell.
North Kesteven District Council is committed to supporting business growth and jobs in the district. We have ambitious plans for regeneration in Sleaford and to drive investment in the wider district in infrastructure and transport links. We will take a proactive approach to the opportunities and challenges that Brexit poses to our economy and work closely with businesses to facilitate investment.
Accessing NK’s unique countryside and aviation heritage couldn’t be easier with the help of over 135 miles of way-marked Stepping Out walks, described in 18 walk leaflets. The 26 mile Spires and Steeples Arts and Heritage Trail, which links Lincoln Cathedral to St Denys’ Church in Sleaford, is a popular way of discovering the district and attracts large numbers of visitors for its annual challenge event in October.
North Kesteven is an unspoilt, rural district south of the historic city of Lincoln, a quiet haven in the heart of Lincolnshire attracting 2.2 million visitors a year. Key attractions include Sleaford’s National Centre for Craft and Design (NCCD), Whisby Nature Park, Cogglesford Watermill, Heckington Windmill and a variety of important aviation heritage attractions including museums, sites and a popular airfield trail.
Sleaford town centre is busy. In an era when our High Streets are under pressure from on-line shopping, out of town centres and high residual property values, Sleaford is fortunate in having the highest proportion (79%) of independent retailers in the East Midlands (average 45%) and more than double the national rate (38%) while vacancy rates in the town have come down to around the national average at 10.1%.
North Kesteven is a district of some 100,000ha and upwards of 110,000 inhabitants located immediately south of the city of Lincoln and east of the A1. North Kesteven residents live in around 100 mainly small communities. Major concentrations are in Sleaford, with a population of nearly 19,500; North Hykeham, with around 16,400 residents; and 11 larger villages, providing a range of services, with populations of over 5,000. Within the District, nearly a third of the population live in the “Lincoln Fringe”, the area immediately surrounding Lincoln City.
The landscape is dominated by food and farming, chiefly arable crops and poultry although modern scale operations are increasingly diversified. Food processing is the largest employer. There are also two significant operational Royal Airforce bases RAF Waddington and RAF College Cranwell and the area’s association with the air force dates back to the First World War. Defence industries are an increasingly important growth sector for the local economy.
North Kesteven has a recent history of fast growth, with a rate of population growth only bettered by the City of London. It is consistently judged the UK’s safest place to live with the lowest recorded crime statistics, while also boasting the best skilled workforce in Lincolnshire and unemployment figures below 4%.
North Kesteven District Council is investing £200M in ambitious economic growth and regeneration plans.