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Strong interest in first phase of 400-home Stamford development

Taylor Wimpey exhibition of developement plans for housing, at Stamford Arts Centre  .A visitor to the exhibition  Chris Briance EMN-140522-081928009

Taylor Wimpey exhibition of developement plans for housing, at Stamford Arts Centre .A visitor to the exhibition Chris Briance EMN-140522-081928009

 

Plans for the first phase of a 400-home housing development and business park were unveiled to the public for the first time.

Taylor Wimpey held a public exhibition on the Exeter Fields estate at Stamford Arts Centre on Wednesday.

About 150 people came to look at plans for 70 homes in the first section of the development, which will be on land between Tinwell Road and Empingham Road, Stamford.

Tom Rudd, 26, and Jody Woods, 30, are looking to buy their first home. They were impressed by what they saw.

Tom said: “It looks really nice. Coming as a first-time buyer it’s a bit daunting. But as long as they offer good prices for first-time buyers it should be good.”

Jody, who has two children, added: “It’s nice that there’s somewhere for the kids to play that isn’t in other people’s driveways. And I think that it’s going to bring the top and bottom end of town together.”

The couple were also pleased to see plans for shops and community buildings included in the plans.

The development as a whole was granted outline planning permission by South Kesteven District Council in May last year despite opposition from many neighbouring residents.

Pinot and Margaret Chirico, who live in a bungalow adjacent to the northeast corner of the site, were among the objectors. They went to the Tuesday’s exhibition to see the latest plans.

Pinot, 76, said: “We are really concerned about the traffic congestion that is going to happen. It seems to us to be just frightening.”

Chris Briance, 69, of neighbouring Lonsdale Road, backs onto the site and has opposed it from the start. He had questions for the developers over drainage and open space management.

He said: “It looks like a lovely development but its in the wrong place.”

Taylor Wimpey hopes to submit a planning application for the first phase of development this summer.

People can still view the exhibition boards online at www.taylorwimpey.co.uk/exeterfields and give feedback until June 4.

 

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