DCSIMG

Work on Stamford AFC’s £5m ground due to kick off

Site of the Daniels' new ground off Ryhall Road, Stamford - from left, Burghley Estates director David Pennell, Stamford AFC director Guy Walton and New College Stamford principal Andrew Patience Photo: MSMP191212-107js

Site of the Daniels' new ground off Ryhall Road, Stamford - from left, Burghley Estates director David Pennell, Stamford AFC director Guy Walton and New College Stamford principal Andrew Patience Photo: MSMP191212-107js

Work on a new £5m football ground and sports centre is set to begin this summer and should be completed by September next year.

Stamford AFC, the Burghley House Preservation Trust and New College Stamford have joined up to build the new facility on land off Ryhall Road on the outskirts of Stamford.

Full planning permission was granted back in March. But contractors have been unable to move on site because of technical discussions with South Kesteven District Council about access and road safety.

Under the plans a right-turn lane for cars coming from the Ryhall direction will be added to Ryhall Road and the footpath will be improved and extended.

These discussions are now at an end and updated highways conditions will be discussed at a district council development control committee meeting on Tuesday. Planning officers have recommended councillors approve the reworded conditions.

Burghley estate director David Pennell said: “We very much hope that once it is done we can crack on with starting the development as soon as possible.”

The new facility will be shared by the football club and the college. The Daniels will use the floodlit football ground and the building at weekends while New College students and other community groups that currently use the college’s amenities in Drift Road will use the building during the week.

The aim is to complete work ready for the club and the college to move in for the start of the 2014 football season and academic year in September 2014.

The Daniels’ football director Guy Walton said: “We are delighted the project has successfully entered the procurement stage and look forward to the construction of a sporting facility for the town.

“Stamford AFC will enjoy our league promotion at the current ground for the coming season before moving into a new home next year.”

The Daniels will play their football in the Evo-Stik Premier Division next season after winning promotion via the play-offs.

New College principal Andrew Patience said: “We are all really excited and looking forward to the companies getting on site.”

The college has had a record number of applicants this year and Mr Patience said the new sports facility would give school leavers even more reason to join.

He added: “They are coming to us in their first year without suffering any of the inconvenience of building work on site but they should be able to take advantage of the sports centre in their second year.”

Once work begins on the football ground it will trigger further work and planning around the town. The Daniels’ old ground in Kettering Road will be demolished once the new stadium is complete to make way for housing.

Outline plans to build 54 homes in its place and a further 20 affordable homes in Barnack Road were approved in June 2012 but Burghley hope to draw up full planning applications in the coming months.

And the college will start to plan work on its own site, refurbishing and extending the current sports hall to house departments like carpentry and brickwork which are currently off-site.

 

Comments

 
 

Back to the top of the page