Residents in Stamford fight to preserve green space

Members of the Stamford! Protect Our Green Space group, from left, Gill Moore, Ursula Jones, Jenny Gosling, Peter Gosling, Tony Harding and dog Dexter, Karen Taylor and David Taylor.'Photo: MSMP041113-009ow
Members of the Stamford! Protect Our Green Space group, from left, Gill Moore, Ursula Jones, Jenny Gosling, Peter Gosling, Tony Harding and dog Dexter, Karen Taylor and David Taylor.'Photo: MSMP041113-009ow
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A protest group has been formed to fight plans to build about 50 homes on greenfield land on the outskirts of Stamford.

Kier Homes revealed its intention to develop land off Kettering Road, opposite Stamford AFC’s current ground, when it submitted a screening opinion to South Kesteven District Council in September.

Since then a group of neighbouring residents have formed Stamford! Protect Our Green Spaces to fight the plans.

David Taylor of Wothorpe Road, set up the group. He said: “We are realists. We recognise that development must occur to allow our town to grow. We also accept that some of that expansion will be at the expense of greenbelt.

“But where this particular Kettering Road site is concerned we felt a stand needed to be made. The vista of which this land forms a part constitutes an iconic view of Stamford and we feel it right to fight for it and for the over-stretched infrastructure which would support it.

“One of Stamford’s most charming qualities is that it has such a wonderful blend of urban and rural and the disappearance of land such as this will erode into that.”

The group is also concerned about the impact of extra traffic in Kettering Road, particularly as plans to demolish the football ground opposite to make way for 54 homes have already been approved.

And members do not want to lose the three public footpaths that cross the field.

Kier has not yet submitted a planning application for the site. But in a letter accompanying the screening opinion, the developer said it hoped to build 51 homes.

Developers must submit a screening opinion to find out whether an environmental impact assessment is needed.

You can follow the protest group on Twitter 
@StamGreenSpace