Stamford sport campaign group has high hopes for Burghley’s Ryhall Road football ground plans

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A SPORTING campaign group hopes a new football ground could be used by schools, clubs and community groups.

The Action for Stamford Sport and Leisure Group, which promotes sport and campaigns for better facilities, met last week to discuss the Burghley House Preservation Trust’s plans to build a new ground for Stamford AFC in Ryhall Road.

Group chairman, Stamford sown and South Kesteven district councillor John Hicks (Ind) told the group of a recent meeting with trust director David Pennell.

Speaking this week, Coun Hicks said: “The purpose of the visit to Burghley was to try and see what they really wanted. I had heard they were prepared to offer more than the original scheme had offered.

“I came away from the meeting quite encouraged. I suggested they might consider a sports hall the size of five tennis courts. It would fit in with the education, community and sports and leisure needs of Stamford.”

The trust submitted an outline planning application for a 1,500-capacity football stadium, multi-use training pitch, clubhouse, function rooms and car parking area to South Kesteven District Council in September.

It has also applied to demolish Stamford AFC’s current stadium in Kettering Road and build 54 homes on the site, with a further 20 homes in Barnack Road.

The Daniels have been based in Kettering Road for more than 100 years and have been discussing plans to relocate with the trust, which owns the site, for some time.

The new stadium plans are expected to go before the district council’s development control committee for discussion in the next few weeks.

Trust director Mr Pennell said: “We very much hope the new proposed stadium will be considered for use for other sports, educational and social activities and not just limited to football.

“We have every intention of making this a functional, well-used facility for not only the football club but hopefully the residents of Stamford.

“The trust hopes for a positive outcome from South Kesteven District Council. At this stage what we hope and propose is very much in the hands of the committee, what we are able to achieve in the long term depends wholly on the relevant planning permissions and council licences being in place.”