About South Kesteven

The district

The picturesque market towns of Grantham, Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping, together with more than 80 villages, sit within 365 square miles of beautiful South Kesteven countryside. With great value property, excellent schools and a vibrant culture scene it is a truly special place in which to live and work.

This thriving Lincolnshire district is strategically located beside the A1 and the East Coast Mainline and that great connectivity, combined with competitive operating costs, also makes it an attractive location for investors.

People and Place

South Kesteven is a local government district in Lincolnshire. Described by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) as “town and country living” in their classification of local authorities, it is a mix of both rural and urban settlements. Covering 365 square miles, it includes the towns of Bourne, Grantham, Stamford and the Deepings, and around a hundred villages and small hamlets. The population of South Kesteven, in line with areas across England, is growing. ONS population projections (prepared in 2018) show that its population – estimated at 143,347 in 2020 - is forecast to grow by around 4.5% over the next ten years, and by 7.7% between now and 2040.

Housing

According to the ONS, the average (median) house price for a property in South Kesteven in December 2019 was £215,000. This is higher than the regional value, which was £194,000 for the East Midlands, but lower than the median average for England which was £243,950. The average median monthly rent for a property in this area for the 2019/20 financial year was £650.

Education

South Kesteven has some very good schools, and as part of Lincolnshire is one of the few areas in the country to offer a grammar school education based on selection at the age of 11. Ten schools (primary and secondary) in the district have been rated as excellent or outstanding by Ofsted and schools in the area also perform well when considering overall performance at the end of key stage 4. The Progress 8 score is a new rating for English secondary schools which shows how well students have progressed academically during their time at the school. Five schools in the district have a Progress 8 score which is either above average or well above average when compared to the Progress 8 score for England as a whole.

Transport links

According to analysis undertaken by the Department for Transport released in 2019, the average travel time for someone living in South Kesteven to travel to a city centre was 78.26 minutes by public transport and 40.91 minutes by car. The district also benefits from good links into London by rail. Grantham is on the East Coast Main Line which means average journey times into central London of 1 hour, 10 minutes. Those living in Stamford can travel to Peterborough and from there join the East Coast Main Line- resulting in journey times of around 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Level of crime

According to some experimental crime statistics released by the ONS in July 2020, South Kesteven is a safe place to live. It has an offence rate per 1000 of population of 68, which is below that of both the East Midlands and England – which have offence rates per 1000 of population of 84 and 89 respectively.