Business leaders fight homes plans for Stamford

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BUSINESS leaders have issued a detailed argument against the district council’s decision to allocate land in the west of Stamford for new homes.

They say the thinking behind South Kesteven District Council’s action is unsound – and say it makes much more sense to develop the east of the town.

Seventy acres of land between Tinwell Road and Empingham Road were included by the council in its site allocation and policies development plan at a meeting in September. One developer, Commercial Estates Group, has already said it wants to build 400 homes there.

The land will provide the majority of housing in the town until 2026, along with employment opportunities, neighbourhood shops and a park.

But Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce says its suggestion of a 60-acre site to the east of the town is far better idea.

In a letter to the Mercury, chamber president Tim Lee said: “Those living at our proposed 60-acre development on the east will have three supermarkets in walking distance of say 30 minutes: Morrisons, Sainsbury’s and Lidl.

“Those living at the western development near the A1 will have no supermarkets in walking distance.

“Residents living on the east will have three primary schools in walking distance: Bluecoat, St Augustine’s and St George’s. Those on the west will have one.

“Residents living on the east may walk to Stamford Hospital, New College Stamford, Queen Eleanor and Stamford School. Those in the west are too far away to walk these distances.”

Mr Lee said that when looking at 20 everyday destinations in Stamford, those living on the western edge are on average nearly twice as far away as those on the east. He added: “The current South Kesteven

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District Council proposals for Stamford are unsound. They should be changed.”

The chamber believes develop-ment of the eastern side of Stamford should include a relief road taking through traffic away from the congested town centre.

A public consultation on the district council’s site allocation and policies development plan is taking place before it goes to the Secretary of State for consideration.

Commercial Estates Group will hold two public exhibitions on its proposals on Tuesday, November 1 at Stamford Arts Centre and Wednesday, November 2 at Malcolm Sargent Primary School.

A website has also been set up at www.stamford-west.com where people can view artists’ impressions of the proposed development.

Jon Allen of Commercial Estates Group said the new development would provide more facilities for people living in the west of Stamford.

He said: “We have undertaken extensive work to understand and appreciate the historic setting of Stamford so that we can create a scheme which integrates visually with the existing settlement using appropriate landscaping and a design-led approach throughout, focusing particularly on key frontages.

“We can deliver a high-quality development offering attractive family homes, office space, community facilities, neighbourhood shops, new parks and open space to benefit existing as well as future residents.

“We are keen to meet with local people to take feedback on our early ideas and to understand which facilities are most needed in the west of Stamford.”