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Councillors say no to plans for budget hotel in Stamford

The former Salvation Army site on East Street, Stamford, looking east
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The former Salvation Army site on East Street, Stamford, looking east Photo: MSMP170113-0375js ENGEMN00120130117100851

 

Councillors have turned down plans to build a 36-bedroom budget hotel, saying it would be out of character with the area.

Maiden Properties’ plans to develop the former Salvation Army hall site in East Street, Stamford, were thrown out by South Kesteven district councillors on Tuesday.

Council officers had recommended the planning application be refused because of the impact it would have on neighbouring buildings.

In a report to councillors ahead of Tuesday’s meeting, the council’s consultant architect said: “The proposal should be resisted as the monolithic form of development would have a severe physical, visual and architectural impact in this prominent location in between two conservation areas.”

The report noted that 17 letters objecting to the hotel had been received. Among the issues raised were the dominant and imposing scale of development, the impact upon vehicular and pedestrian safety, and inadequate parking.

The developer had proposed to create 18 parking spaces for guests.

Stamford Town Council’s planning committee also came up with a series of objections to the proposal.

Committee chairman Harrish Bisnauthsing (Lib Dem) said councillors had listened to the concerns of neighbouring residents.

He added: “It’s going to affect the privacy of the residents behind and adjacent to it. From the second floor you would see all the back gardens.

“There is also a concern regarding parking. There will be 36 bedrooms and 18 parking spaces. Two are disabled.

“There is also a concern about emergency access.

“But the main concern is that North Street is very busy, especially in the morning and afternoon. Extra cars are going to cause severe congestion.”

Coun Bisnauthsing added: “We could do with a budget hotel but not in this location.”

Maiden Properties’ application was the second of its kind on the site. The first set of plans were withdrawn in March last year amid concerns over the size of the proposed building and potential parking problems.

The latest application, submitted in January, aimed to address those problems. But councillors were not convinced.

 

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