Fresh attempt to build on greenfield site in Stamford

Land off Kettering Road, Stamford, where Kier Living wants to build 39 homes
Land off Kettering Road, Stamford, where Kier Living wants to build 39 homes

A developer has submitted new plans for a housing estate on greenfield land after its initial application was rejected.

Kier Living, formerly known as Kier Homes, wants to build 39 houses on land off Kettering Road, Stamford.

A previous application for 48 homes on the same site was turned down by South Kesteven District Council in May. Councillors went against the advice of their planning officers after protests from campaign group Stamford! Protect Our Green Space.

But Kier says the new application has addressed councillors’ concerns over the density of the development.

Senior planning manager James Griffiths said: “We have altered the scheme to reflect more fully the planning committee’s thoughts for the site, reducing the overall number by nine houses.

“The housing layout has been designed to mimic a traditional Stamford street pattern and retains a significant proportion of landscaping and open space particularly at the edge of the site closest to Bottle Lodge. The retained footpaths running through the site are enhanced by lining them with open space and landscaping.

“A new architectural firm has looked afresh at the houses and redesigned them, paying careful attention to the stone elevations in order to mirror traditional building techniques used in the area.”

Members of the campaign group have vowed to fight any development on greenfield land in Stamford. David Taylor, of Wothorpe Road, said the new plans were “not materially different” from the originals and the footprint of the development remained the same.

He added: “This remains an inappropriate modern suburban development of reconstituted stone, concrete render, UPVC windows and concrete roof tiles built at too high a density, in a locally and nationally important area of green space.

“The same issues which were considered by the development control committee when they refused the previous application remain valid – concerns over road safety, the impact on heritage assets, the conservation area and our iconic listed buildings, and the loss of green space that would result.”

Mr Taylor said the group was confident of the support of Stamford residents.