Plans due to go in for new stadium

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A PLANNING application to build a new football stadium and housing estate is due to be submitted by the end of April.

Burghley House Preservation Trust is working with Stamford AFC to create a new stadium.

The club is hoping to leave its ageing home, The Vic Couzens Stadium, in Wothorpe Road, for a new site off Ryhall Road.

Burghley is hoping to sell off the land in Wothorpe Road for housing.

Estates director David Pennell announced this week that plans for the new stadium and housing estate will be submitted to planners at South Kesteven District Council by the end of April.

The club and the trust has been working on the bid for more than two years and the a public exhibition on the plans was held two years ago.

It is hoped to build a 1,500 capacity stadium with 110 car parking spaces and two pitches.

Mr Pennell said: “It is important that the plans suit not only the football club but the people of the town and we have been working hard to get this balance right.

“Having taken on board the outcome of public consultation and listened to the feedback from local people, the latest plans for the new football stadium has relocated the proposed car park to the far northern side of the site.

“An open space and a landscaped bund will screen the pitch and stadium from the housing developments on the south and town side of the site.

“The estate can only relocate the football stadium when permission has been obtained and ultimately the land in Wothorpe road has been sold but we hope that these plans will now move forward to provide Stamford with a modern football stadium to be proud of as well as developing the facilities for the town.”

News of the planning application has been welcomed by club chairman Ken Joynson.

He said: “It is good news that we are going for planning at last and hopefully things are moving on a bit.

“It the application is accepted it will be good news.”

Stamford AFC has been based at the Wothorpe Road site for more than 100 years and say that the current club house and stadium has become outdated.

The club plays in the Evostick First Division South.