Councillors raise concerns over site being contaminated

The site for 37 homes on land off Uffington Road, Stamford (photo taken, with permission of Andrew, from Hindmarch's compound.
The site for 37 homes on land off Uffington Road, Stamford (photo taken, with permission of Andrew, from Hindmarch's compound.
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An application to build 37 homes on contaminated land to the south of Uffington Road, Stamford, has been deferred to looking into adding a pedestrian crossing.

During Tuesday’s meeting of South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee, further issues were raised by nearby residents, who have gathered 218 signatures on a petition to oppose the plans, which would include 13 affordable homes.

Issues raised include the fact that the 1.8 hectare site, which is to the south of the Hindmarch Peugeot showroom, is a former sewage works and was used for chemical storage.

Committee member Coun Helen Powell said: “I couldn’t possibly vote for family homes to be built on contaminated land.”

The applicant William May Development says that by developing the land they will be able to combat the contamination, by implementing a range of measures. The Environment Agency and the council’s environmental protectionteam have been consulted, and approve the current proposals.

A second parcel of land has also been identified for a surface water attenuation pond, while between this and the proposed housing another application has been put in for a care home.

A mix of housing and employment had already been allocated for this area in the council’s site allocation and policies development plan document, but residents of nearby Virginia Cottage, Steve and Victoria Carroll argued that by splitting it into separate applications more housing was being squeezed into a smaller space.

Provision is being made to improve access but Coun Mike Exton requested it be deferred to consult with Hiways over whether a pedestrian crossing was needed.