Bedsits in Stamford could be demolished for flats and houses

A DILAPIDATED bedsit complex could be partly demolished to make way for new flats and houses.

Newtons Solicitors, based in London, wants to build 11 flats and four houses at Blenheim Court in Scotgate, Stamford.

An application to demolish part of the existing bedsits and build the new dwellings was submitted to South Kesteven District Council in April.

The building currently contains 12 rooms and can house 15 people.

The plans would involved demolishing “numerous unattractive additions” on the Grade II listed building.

This would require additional listed building consent.

The site is currently used for rented accommodation and parking. Part of it is fenced off and overgrown.

In the application, Robin Graf of Newtons says the firm wants to return Blenheim Court to its original form and add a new courtyard area.

A one-way access with a 10mph speed limit would go around the courtyard. The 20 car parking spaces currently on the site would be reduced to 12 and the 15 bicycle spaces would be retained.

The new complex would comprise five one-bedroom and six two-bedroom flats, along with two three-bedroom and two four plus-bedroom houses to be built.

The applicant made a presentation to Stamford Town Council’s planning committee at a meeting on Wednesday.

Committee chairman Coun Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem) said: “It was a good presentation and the design of the flats looks good.

“We were a little concerned that the density was too high and we will make our recommendations to South Kesteven District Council.”

The building has previously been used as a hotel.

The applicant declined to comment to the Mercury.