Developers in move to allay fears over Spa Baths plans

Woodhall Spa district councillor Craig Leyland at the baths
Woodhall Spa district councillor Craig Leyland at the baths

A development company behind plans to revamp the Spa Baths in Woodhall Spa has moved to allay fears about the impact the scheme will have.

Residents spoke out at a recent parish council meeting, raising concerns that vital woodland could be lost to accommodate the new-look Baths - and adjoining car park.

There have also been fears raised that the scheme could involve a housing development in existing woodland.

However, GN Construction - the Woodhall Spa based company behind the project - have denied some of the claims and have promised a full public consultation.

In a statement, GN stress the funding for the new Baths car parking - which would also be utilised by the Kinema in the Woods - will not require funding from any residential development.

The company says that in promoting the Baths project, they are including other adjacent areas that could be restored or benefit from investment.

They say this would boost the area’s heritage and history and create an attraction for tourists.

GN admits this work would require funding, but they are actively seeking grants and finance.

In the event that finance cannot be found, GN admits an “enabling development” could be used - provided it would be beneficial for the area.

The company also answers concerns expressed regarding proposals for a new car park.

Residents told the parish council some trees in a taped off area had been marked, which they claimed suggested a felling operation.

However, GN said the trees had been marked for recording purpose. They add that a taped area did indicate a possible car park but “is now not relevant”.

In a statement, they added: “The car park area now under consideration is the open area on which the tennis courts, archery and bandstand was originally located.”

GN added an arboreal report is almost complete and it identifies several trees which are a danger to the public.

The statement added: “We have now a fairly comprehensive proposal for the area and this will be on display and available for discussion at a series of events, starting with the Woodhall Show and the Parish Meeting.”