New £5m Stamford AFC football stadium given planning approval

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Plans for a £5m football ground and sports centre were given the go-ahead yesterday (Tuesday) by the district council planning committee.

South Kesteven District Council’s development control and licensing committee approved the plans to build the new football ground and sports education facility, on land off Ryhall Road in Stamford.

The plans are a joint venture between Stamford AFC, the Burghley House Preservation Trust and New College Stamford.

The Daniels will use the new floodlit football ground and the building at weekends and New College students and other community groups that currently use the college’s amenities in Drift Road will use the building during the week.

The building will include changing rooms for footballers and officials, a kitchen, a large sports hall, a gym, a bar and bistro and a directors’ room.

Plans for a 1,500 capacity football stadium on a smaller area were given outline planning permission in June last year and officers recommended the updated plans were given the go-ahead.

There will also be a coach and car park, which will be used for car boot sales for up to 30 days, as well as a new road to link the facilities to Ryhall Road.

Stamford AFC director of football Guy Walton said: “This particular project will deliver an innovative solution to the sporting demand of our community which will benefit many generations to come.

“This sporting hub will allow The Daniels to deliver a long term football development plan and engage with community, sporting and charitable ventures.

“Our Charter Standard Community Club has an expanding youth policy and our relationship with New College will only enforce a vision that will add to sporting participation and Olympic legacy.”

The club hopes to move into the new stadium ready for the season 2014/15.

New College Stamford Principal Andrew Patience said: “We will have a fantastic facility which will greatly benefit our students, football club and town community.”

Stamford Town Council raised no objection to the development but Ryhall and Uffington parish councils both raised highways concerns.

There were also 18 letters of objection to the application raising concerns including visual intrusion, highways issues, the disturbance from the proposed car boot sales and social events.

Burghley House Preservation Trust has already been given outline permission to demolish the Daniels’ current ground in Kettering Road and replace it with 54 homes and outline approval to build 20 affordable homes in Barnack Road.