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Hundreds fight Kier Homes’ plan to develop land in Stamford

Land between First Drift and Kettering Road, including the field that is earmarked for development

Land between First Drift and Kettering Road, including the field that is earmarked for development

More than 750 people have signed a petition calling for a developer to drop its plans to build a housing estate on greenfield land.

Kier Homes has submitted an application to build 48 homes on land off Kettering Road, Stamford.

The developer believes the houses would “meet a need for quality housing” in the town.

But hundreds of nearby residents have raised concerns about the impact the new homes would have on traffic.

David Taylor, of Wothorpe Road, set up the protest group Stamford! Protect Our Green Space to oppose the plans. He also set up an online petition against the development, which has now attracted 752 signatures.

Mr Taylor said extra traffic in Kettering Road would be dangerous for school pupils walking on the pavements.

And this would be exacerbated by the 54 homes that have already been granted planning permission on 
the site of Stamford AFC’s ground.

He added: “Bearing all these factors in mind we believe a full and independent study should be undertaken 
to gain a detailed understanding of all the road safety, traffic flows and pedestrian safety issues, particularly for the Stamford High School girls and Junior School pupils.”

Kier has already commissioned an independent traffic report projecting a range of scenarios up to 2019. It found no issues in terms of highway capacity.

The developer has also agreed to put money towards traffic lights on the Kettering Road/High Street St Martin’s junction.

The protest group is also campaigning for the land to be taken out of South Kesteven District Council’s local development framework, which determines where building should take place.

Members have put their points to the planning inspector assessing the document. They hope the district council will not make a decision on Keir’s application until the inspector reaches his findings.

 

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