HUNDREDS more new homes will be built in Stamford and the Deepings under development plans approved by council chiefs.
A 70-acre site between Tinwell Road and Empingham Road, Stamford, is the biggest of six sites chosen for new homes by South Kesteven District Council on Monday.
Councillors also picked four housing sites in the Deepings, along with one for employment land, to form the core strategy for development until 2026.
But they rejected a suggested development of 1,500 homes at Newstead, on the outskirts of Stamford, and plans for 400 properties on former brickworks land off Little Casterton Road.
Since 2006, 380 homes have been built in Stamford and a further 170 had planning permission on March 31.
Land has now been allocated for 580 new homes in the town.
The core strategy requires that land for 870 homes in the Deepings be chosen between 2006 and 2026, and with 270 already built and 195 more having planning permission, the chosen sites will supply all the housing for the area.
The Tinwell Road plans are being put forward by Commercial Estates Group. The scheme, which has provoked opposition from nearby residents and Stamford Town Council, includes about 140 affordable houses and a small centre with shops, a health centre and community centre.
The core strategy requires land for 1,140 houses to be allocated in Stamford between 2006 and 2026 and there are few “infill” sites available.
Jon Allen of Commercial Estates Group said: “We have undertaken extensive surveys and studies to understand and appreciate the historic setting of Stamford so that we can create a scheme which reflects the heritage in its design, as well as incorporating new parks, green infrastructure and open space to benefit all those living to the west of Stamford.
“We are also keen to consult with local people to ensure that they can play a pivotal role in helping to create a development which is appealing, integrates with the area and provides the facilities which are most-needed by the local community.”
The group has not yet submitted a planning application for the development.
District and town councillor Bob Sandall (Ind) said he was disappointed the Tinwell Road land had been chosen as suitable for development.
“I believe that we should keep agricultural land,” he said. “I would put a green belt all around Stamford. Sites like this are ruining the character of the town.”
The district council also approved an extension to the Northfields Industrial estate in Market Deeping.