Development could fund second town bridge in Stamford

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A SECOND town bridge in Stamford should be paid for by housing developers, according to people fighting for development in the east of the town.

Stamford South West Approaches Protection Group was set up to object to development in the west side of the town and is pushing for a relief road on the eastern side of Stamford.

Chairman of the group Robert Conboy said development in the east of Stamford “will provide a second town bridge over the River Welland and the start of a Stamford ring road paid for by developers, to relieve congestion”.

Commercial Estates Group has submitted an outline planning application for 400 homes and a business park to develop a 70-acre site between Tinwell Road and Empingham Road.

Mr Conboy wants to see any development on the east of town.

He said: “We need to get this development moved from the west side to the east. The planning gain that would generate would go a very long way towards providing a relief road and if it continued up to the A1, in the fullness of time we would need a second town bridge.”

Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce has also called for a relief road in the past.

President of the chamber Tim Lee said: “The second bridge is part of the ring road plan. For years the chamber has been trying to push forward the case of a proper ring road so traffic doesn’t have to go through the town.

“We would hope to be able to fund most of it through development gain by building houses.”

In 2009, the chamber lost a High Court battle challenging South Kesteven District Council’s decision to axe a saved relief road route between Stamford and Ryhall from its Local Development Framework.

The chamber put forward plans for a relief road to be included in the site allocations and policies development plan, which sets out development in the district until 2026, but it was not included by the council.

The Tinwell Road site was included in the plan to meet the district’s housing need.

Commercial Estates Group’s planning and development manager Jon Allen said: “We appreciate transport issues are often a point of concern.

“However, Lincolnshire County Council has comprehensively assessed all of the options for development at Stamford and concluded that Stamford west performs the best in transport terms, taking account of all possible journeys, including travel to work and leisure as well as shopping trips.

“ This is a very important finding of the council’s own technical work and is one of several key considerations in the identification of west Stamford as the preferred location for development.

“The site will also have good public transport links to the town centre and will encourage cycling and walking trips.

“Also, our proposals include a travel plan that sets out comprehensive actions to reduce vehicle movement. Our own technical work shows that transport impacts are manageable and this is shown in the scheme design.

“Our scheme incorporates generous open space provision, including a linear park, as well as local facilities such as a neighbourhood shop and other local services and facilities which are lacking to the west of Stamford.

“Ultimately this investment will create new jobs, boost the local economy and inject extra spending power into Stamford.”