Residents fight to stop building plans for green spaces in Stamford

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Plans to build houses on green spaces in a residential area have come under fire from angry residents who have vowed to fight them.

They have started a petition, formed a committee and enlisted the help of a planning expert to stop the building plans.

The houses proposed are on five small plots of land in Caithness Road, Casterton Road, Melrose Close, Ayr Close and at the junction of Aberdeen Close and Perth Road, in Stamford.

Five full planning applicationhave been submitted to South Kestevan District Council, by Leicester-based Jelson Ltd, the original builders of the area’s 300 plus housing estate.

More than 50 households have already signed the petition asking the district council to reject plans for the site in Aberdeen Close. And in Ayr Close, residents have formed a committee and appointed a freelance planning expert to fight the proposals.

David Booth, who lives in Aberdeen Close, said: “They are the last remaining green spaces in this area. If we lose those spaces children will have a 10-minute walk to Empingham Road, where the nearest open space is, to find somewhere to play.”

Gloria and John Harrington, who live in Perth Road, also fear they will lose the only two open spaces near their home.

John said: “The two small areas of grass alongside Perth Road, where the homes are proposed, are the only green areas we can see from our home. It has many mature trees which will all have to be felled if the houses are to be built.”

Mr Booth also added that residents were not given enough time to object to the plans. He said the district council letters telling residents about the plans arrived around December 17, giving them until December 27 to register their objections.

Mr Booth said: “It was the run-up to Christmas when people were busy and there were holidays in between.”

Applications for all five plots state that they house ‘ornamental trees which will be have to be removed’ and describe the space as ‘open land designed for open space on the earlier 1960s residential development’.

Residents have the backing of a number of Stamford town councillors who have submitted written objections to the district council.

Coun Maureen Jalili (non-aligned) said: “This development was built in the 1960s and was within a style of open spaces.

“So to come along now and use these open spaces to squeeze out yet more money by building in styles that are not in keeping with the area is wholly inappropriate.”

David Nalson (Con) is Stamford town councillor and South Kesteven district councillor for St John’s Ward where two of the plots are.

He said: “I fully support the residents in their objections.”

Coun Christine Brough (Lib Dem) said she would go to the planning meeting with an open mind but would vote against it if persuaded by the objections.

The proposals are as follows:

l Ayr Close – one detached house with garage and two semi-detached houses with parking space, all with three bedrooms

l Melrose Close – two semi-detached, three-bedroom houses with parking space

l Casterton Road– two four-bedroomed detached houses with garages and parking space

l Caithness Road – one three- bedroom property with garage and parking space;

l Land at junction of Aberdeen Close and Perth Road – two semi-detached, three bedroom units with parking spaces.

Atttempts were made to contact Jelson Ltd for a response but no one was available.