Stamford Chamber of Trade president wants homes decision to be called-in by Eric Pickles

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The president of Stamford Chamber of Trade and Commerce hopes the decision to approve plans for 400 homes will be looked at again.

The chamber objected to the outline planning application to build the homes and a 10-hectare business park on land between Empingham Road and Tinwell Road in Stamford.

The application, known as Stamford West, was approved by South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee last week, after officers recommended it for approval.

Chamber president Tim Lee said the decision to approve it was “disappointing”.

He is urging people to write to Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Eric Pickles, asking for the decision to be called-in. The chamber also intends to write to Mr Pickles.

Mr Lee said: “We have fought this application ever since it was submitted so of course, it was a bit of a blow for it to be approved.

“We are hoping the minister will call-in the council’s decision so it is hopefully not the end of the road.”

The chamber objected to the application because it says it is too far from the town centre, is not in a sustainable location and provides no new roads.

The land was identified for development by the district council in its core strategy, which outlines where housing and business units should be built until 2026.

The document has not yet been adopted and is subject to an independent examination.

But council officers said the application should be approved to meet Government targets.

Mr Lee believes it was “premature” to approve the application while the council is still waiting for the results of the independent examination.

He asked readers to write to Mr Pickles, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA, or e-mail picklese@parliament.uk asking for the decision to be called-in and quoting application S12/0864.

No one at South Kesteven District Council was available to coment.