Stamford AFC and Burghley House Preservation Trust reveal revised stadium plans

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REVISED plans for a new football stadium in Stamford are about to be sent out for the public to see.

Stamford AFC are hoping to leave the Vic Couzens Stadium, in Kettering Road, for a new 1,500-seat stadium with two pitches in Ryhall Road.

The club has been working on plans to create a new home with Burghley House Preservation Trust, which owns both sites.

A housing development is planned for the former stadium.

The revised proposal includes a new entrance into the site and the car park has been moved. It follows a public consultation in 2009.

A planning application has not yet been submitted to South Kesteven District Council.

Some residents in the Ryhall Road area have voiced opposition to the stadium plans. They were also against Lincolnshire County Council’s proposal to build a rubbish tip in the area but this has been put on the backburner as a result of the spending cuts.

A leaflet produced by Burghley has been sent out to residents this week and any comments should be returned by Wednesday, July 15.

The preservation trust’s estate director David Pennel is urging people to read the leaflet and have a say.

He said: “We hope that everyone will take time to read this leaflet which shows our revised plans for the site in accordance with the wishes of the residents of Stamford which we hope will be welcomed.

“It is intended that these plans will shortly be presented to the district council for consideration for planning approval in order to provide Stamford Football Club with an exciting new stadium offering new and improved facilities for players and supporters.”

The original proposal included a roundabout in Ryhall Road and the car parks were going to be built on the south side of the site.

But the proposal is now to put the car parks on the north side of the site. The roundabout has been replaced by a simple junction further north. A right turn lane will be provided for traffic coming from the Ryhall direction.

The stadium entrance is also being moved to the north side and there will be extra landscaping between the houses and stadium.

Club director Guy Walton said: “As a community club offering football to junior players from six years old through to semi-pro first team, we are pleased the revised site plan has been adjusted in accordance with local residents’ observations.”

To have your say on the plans e-mail hq@insight-plan.co.uk or write to Insight Town Planning, The Stables, Sutton Lodge, Sutton Bassett, Market Harborough, LE16 8HL.