Concern over plans for homes at Woolfox in Rutland and north of Stamford
A parish council chairman feels that his parish is the ‘meat in the sandwich’ between two proposed developments.
Coun Mark Bush, chairman of Great Casterton Parish Council, has spoken of his concerns about increased traffic as his parish sits between the proposals for a 7,500 garden village at Woolfox and 650 homes to the north of Stamford.
He said: “We have discussed it and we had a meeting with the people behind Woolfox just to find out what is what.
“We think that it is quite extraordinary that a town the size of Oakham is going to be built up the road.
“We do not believe that the A1 has got the capacity to take the increased number of cars and other vehicles the development would bring.
“Great Casterton already has got a traffic problem of its own.
“Stamford car parks are also already fairly full and congested so this is going to bring more vehicles.
“Rutland is a small county of little villages and this big town would just not fit.
“How will all these extra people get onto the A1?
“We feel like the meat in the sandwich with the Woolfox development and the Stamford north development.”
Coun Bush’s comments come as a public exhibition was held to illustrate the proposals for Woolfox.
The plans for the site, close to the A1 between the parishes of Empingham and Greetham, also outline plans for 21 hectares of employment land and new schools, including a primary and secondary along with a sixth form.
John Edmond, an independent property consultant for the Woolfox site’s owners, the Hill family, said that the site has been chosen for the development because ‘it is in single-party ownership’ and does not have the ‘complexities of multiple owners’.
Mr Edmond also said that the proposals could meet Rutland’s housing needs to 2036 and the government have been pushing the idea of garden communities.
He described Woolfox as a ‘sub-regional new town’ that would see employment opportunities provided as part of the development.
Traffic to and from the development would use a new A1 junction instead of the Clipsham Road and a primary and secondary school and medical facilities would be built early on.
He also added discussions are on-going with a number of interested parties.
Click here to read our story about the proposed Stamford north development.
Click here to read our story about the proposed Woolfox garden village.