Developer’s plans to build on open space in Stamford are thrown out

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Four controversial applications to build on open land within residential developments have been refused planning permission.

Residents had been fighting against the proposals from Jelson Ltd to build a total of 10 properties on plots in Ayr Close, Casterton Road, Caithness Road, Aberdeen Close and Melrose Close in Stamford.

Melrose Close, where two homes are proposed, has yet to be decided but in the four other cases, South Kesteven District Council’s planning officers said it would amount to “loss of green space” or “loss of public open space”.

In Ayr Close (three homes),Aberdeen Close (two homes), planners also said it would amount to “an unacceptable form of development, contrary to that which characterises the area and the original design concept”.

And in Caithness Road (one home), officers said it would “be significantly visually obtrusive and deviate from the established pattern of development in the area”.

Gareth Bramley, chairman of the community group that was set up to fight the plans in Ayr Close and Melrose Close said: “We are ecstatic. The committee and all the people involved are pleased that common sense has prevailed.

“It has proved if a community pulls together we can stop things from happening if they are not conducive to community life.”

John Harringon, of Perth Road, said: “It’s a small victory for common sense.”

Households in Aberdeen Close had submitted a petition objecting to the plans.

Resident David Booth had argued the plots were the “last remaining green spaces” in the area.

Coun Maureen Jalili (non-aligned), who had criticised the plans as an attempt to “squeeze out yet more money by building in styles that are not in keeping with the area”, said: “I’m quite pleased that they took into account the arguments put forward by everyone. They were quite reasonable points about over-development and changing the open-plan nature of the existing developments.”

Stamford town councillor and South Kesteven district councillor David Nalson (Con) said: “I am very pleased. These green spaces have always been an asset to residents and that part of the town and should be preserved.”

Leicester-based Jelson Ltd declined to comment,