Plans for new Stamford AFC stadium clear final hurdle

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PLANS for a new football stadium overcame the final hurdle this week.

An application by Stamford AFC and Burghley House Preservation Trust to demolish the football club’s existing ground in Kettering Road and build 54 homes on the site was approved by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee on Tuesday.

The approval is subject to a legal agreement being signed for money paid by the applicant to develop facilities in the area.

It paves the way for a new home for the Daniels to be built, as the new stadium in Ryhall Road can only be built if the old ground is demolished.

Outline planning permission was granted last month for a new 1,500-seater stadium for the Daniels in Ryhall Road, including a training pitch, clubhouse, function rooms and office space.

Plans for 20 affordable homes in Barnack Road were also approved.

The Kettering Road application was considered in July at the same time as the new stadium plans.

Councillors objected to an illustrative plan showing three storey homes overlooking Stamford station.

The applicants came back with amended plans, showing only two storey homes on the site’s northern boundary. The plans were recommended by planning officers for approval.

An exhibition on the plans was held in 2009 and the applications were finally submitted in October.