Accident fears don’t stop approval
A plan to build 37 houses in Stamford is set to go ahead despite fears that it may lead to accidents on a major road through the town.
A majority of members of South Kesteven District Council Development Control Committee voted in favour of the plan for housing to the south of Uffington Road.
But a few were wholly against it saying that it was folly to go ahead without also installing a pedestrian crossing on the road.
The committee had previously discussed the application at its last meeting in April but deferred it to query whether a pedestrian crossing was needed.
It came back before the committee on Tuesday after the highways department at Lincolnshire County Council said the new development would not require a pedestrian crossing.
The plan is subject to a section 106 agreement whereby the applicant, William May Developments Ltd, must agree to 35 per cent of the housing being affordable housing and providing £25,361 towards the provision or enhancement of public open space.
If an agreement over the section 106 monies can be reached, the plan will be approved by the committee chairman in consultation with t the executive manager for development and growth at South Kesteven District Council.
The application is to build the houses on two parcels of land. They are separated by a piece of land which could be the site for a residential care home after a separate application was submitted. It has yet to be considered by the planning committee.
Coun Rosemary Kaberry-Brown (Con) described the homes plan as “totally pathetic”, saying that further development of the area may happen with the building of a care home nearby which would mean elderly and disabled people using the road.
Coun Mike Exton (Con) said he hoped in future the committee did not come to regret its decision if there were more accidents in Uffington Road.
Coun Judy Stevens (Ind) said: “This is like a jigsaw puzzle. We are under pressure to approve this knowing there are going to be further applications for this site in the future putting more pressure on the roads.
“We are creating a problem.”