Traffic light plan in Stamford is put forward by Kier Homes

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A developer behind plans for a 50-home estate says it would pay for new traffic lights at a busy junction to ease the impact on roads.

Kier Homes wants to develop land off the A43 Kettering Road in Stamford.

A planning application has not yet been submitted but a protest group has already been formed against the plans.

The group, called Stamford! Protect Our Green Space, believes the development would cause traffic problems in the area.

They think these problems would be exacerbated by a second housing development on the site of the current Stamford AFC ground in Kettering Road, which already has planning permission.

As a result of these concerns Kier has agreed to help pay for traffic lights at the nearby junction of Kettering Road and High Street St Martin’s should the plans be approved.

A Kier spokesman said an independent traffic report projecting a range of scenarios up to 2019 found no issues in terms of highway capacity.

An additional assessment of the Kettering Road/High Street St Martin’s junction was done in response to residents’ traffic concerns.

The spokesman said: “The traffic modelling suggested that flows would be improved if this junction was provided with traffic lights and therefore we have agreed to contribute to the cost of highway signals for this junction.”

But some members of the protest group believe traffic lights could even make the problem worse.

David Taylor, who set up the group, said: “I have yet to meet any local residents who feel that traffic lights on the A43 will benefit the situation, now or in the future.

“On the contrary, most feel that they will make it worse, forcing still more traffic to take the rat run routes on First Drift, Wothorpe Road and Church Lane.”

A petition against the development has already attracted 675 signatures. The group hopes to get the site removed from South Kesteven District Council’s local development framework, which dictates where building should take place.

The petition can be viewed online at http://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/stamford-protect-our-green-space




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