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Plan for Quarry Farm in Stamford to receive criticism from South Kesteven District Council

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Plans for 650 homes, a shopping centre and a country park are not up to scratch yet, councillors will be told.

South Kesteven District Council has been asked to give views on the application for Quarry Farm, which is in Rutland but borders Lincolnshire on three sides.

A draft response says the council does not oppose the development in principle but does want more proof that it would not affect Stamford’s transport system and environment.

An impression of Quarry Farm. Image: Allison Homes
An impression of Quarry Farm. Image: Allison Homes

About 200 people protested against the plans in March.

The application asks for permission to transform the 163-acre site to the north-west of the town, which was previously a brickworks and quarry pit.

It sets out a vision of up to 650 homes ranging from one to five bedrooms, and a centre with 3,000m sq for shops, businesses or community buildings.

A country park would be created to offset the loss of wildlife habitat.

District councillors will consider the plans on Friday, May 13. Image: Allison Homes
District councillors will consider the plans on Friday, May 13. Image: Allison Homes

Access would be from Old Great North Road and Little Casterton Road, with a link road connecting them.

Previously the area was earmarked for 1,950 new homes.

A report published before a special council meeting is held on Friday next week (May 13) says: “It is officers’ recommendation that the application proposals are acceptable in principle insofar as they comprise part of the identified Stamford North development proposal and seek permission for a quantum of residential development and local centre, which has been identified as appropriate for the site.”

However, it lays out potential problems that will need to be addressed, including mitigation for increased traffic and the design of the spine road.

The district council also wants affordable housing to meet the demand from Stamford, and contributions to education, healthcare and public transport.

Stamford Town Council has raised similar concerns.

It is recommended that the council submits a 'holding objection' until this issues are resolved.

The proposed shopping centre has been earmarked for a range of possible uses, including shops, cafés or restaurants, sports, medical and light industrial use. The application has also suggested it could be home to an education facility, a community hall, and a visitor centre for the country park.

A special planning meeting will discuss the application on Friday, May 13.

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