South Kesteven District Council rejects plans to revamp former Darby and Joan hall in North Street, Stamford

PLANS to transform a dilapidated hall into shops and a house have been rejected.

First Hamblin (Eastern), based in Peterborough, had applied to South Kesteven District Council to turn the former Darby and Joan hall in North Street, Stamford, into two shops and a three-bedroom house.

The hall has been boarded up since 2004 and residents have long complained about the state of the site. The building has steel panels over its windows and the gardens outside are overgrown and full of weeds.

But the council refused the application today (Friday) because of concerns over highway safety with increased traffic to the site. Planning officers also said the applicant had not submitted enough evidence of the need for more retail space in that area of the town.