Stamford town councillors object to homes on open space plan

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Councillors voted unanimously against plans to build homes on open land on a housing estate.

More than 30 residents turned out for a planning meeting of Stamford Town Council when a proposal to build three, three-bedroom houses on a 0.070 hectare plot of land in Ayr Close was discussed.

Residents of the Close have formed a committee and appointed a planning expert to fight the planning application submitted by Jelson Ltd.

Chairman of the residents committee Gareth Bramley said they were pleased the council had voted to reject the plans but added: “We will be rallying the people and raising strong objections to the plans. If it is approved it will set a precedent.”

Similar plans have also been submitted for open land in Casterton Road, Caithness Road, land adjacent to Aberdeen Close and Perth Road and Melrose Close by Jelson, original builders of the housing estates in all five areas.

Coun Harrish Bisnauthsing (Liberal Democrat) planning committee chairman said: “That space was designated open land for children to play on when the development was built. There used to be play equipment which was removed because of wear and tear and not replaced.

“So it became an area for children, and families use it for picnics in the summer.

“All the green spaces (submitted plans) break the monotony of the houses. The council is concerned about density of houses if it’s built on, as well as increased traffic.

“The primary concern is about the loss of green space which was given to the residents when it was originally built.”

Christine Brough (Liberal Democrat) councillor for St John’s Ward, said: “It’s a shame that all our green areas are being monopolised.

“We are always talking about anti-social behaviour, but where are our children meant to go if all recreational areas are built on.”

The proposal will now be considered by the full council before being decided by South Kesteven District Council’s planning committee.