Decision due on plans for homes and stadium

PLANS for a 1,500-seat football stadium and dozens of new homes could be decided next week.

Stamford AFC and Burghley House Preservation Trust have applied to demolish the Daniels stadium in Kettering Road and build 54 homes on the site, along with 20 affordable homes in Barnack Road.

They also want to build a new 1,500-seater stadium in Ryhall Road. It would include a training pitch, clubhouse, function rooms and office space.

The three applications will go before South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee on Tuesday and have been recommended for approval by officers, subject to a range of conditions.

The stadium conditions include limits on the noise output of the tannoy system, the requirement to create suitable access and pathways and a limit on the number of car boot sales that can be held per year.

They also forbid use of the floodlights on the main stadium and the training pitches between 10.30pm and 7.30am.

All three applications are linked and the developer says it needs planning permission for all three sites to make them viable.

The Daniels have been based in Kettering Road for more than 100 years and have been discussing moving with the trust for some time.

According to the plans the Kettering Road ground would be demolished and replaced by a mix of housing from two-bedroom to four-plus-bedroom homes. There would also be a building containing eight one-bedroom flats.

The application for 20 affordable homes in Barnack Road has been lodged because there would be no affordable housing on the Kettering Road site.

The affordable homes would be on land behind Coronation Villas and include 11 social rented houses and nine houses available to buy or part-buy. The plans show nine two-bedroom houses, nine three-bedroom houses and two houses with four or more bedrooms.

A number of residents near the proposed site for the new stadium have objected to the plans.

Phil Williams, of Losecoat Close, lives in a house directly next door to the site.

He plans to go to the meeting on Tuesday to outline his objections, which include noise and light pollution and traffic issues.

He said: “This will be the biggest development Stamford has had in a long time.

“It is on land that has always been open countryside. The site will have training pitches with floodlights and there will be car boot sales most Sunday mornings.

“We already have Blackstones FC nearby. Do we really need another stadium in the area?”