Councillors urged to approve new £5m Stamford AFC football stadium

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Plans for a £5m football ground and sports centre could get the go-ahead next week.

South Kesteven District Council’s development control and licensing committee will consider plans to build the new football ground and sports education facility, on land off Ryhall Road in Stamford, on Tuesday. There would also be a coach and car park, which could be used for car boot sales for up to 30 days, as well as a new road to link the facilities to Ryhall Road.

The plans are a joint venture between Stamford AFC, the Burghley House Preservation Trust and New College Stamford. If the plans get the go-ahead, the Daniels will use the new floodlit football ground and the building at weekends and New College students and other community groups that currently use the college’s amenities in Drift Road will use the building during the week.

The building would include changing rooms for footballers and officials, a kitchen, a large sports hall, a gym, a bar and bistro and a directors’ room.

Plans for a 1,500 capacity football stadium on a smaller area were given outline planning permission in June last year and officers are recommending the updated plans also be given the go-ahead.

In a report to the meeting, officers state that conditions could be imposed to make sure the development “will not compromise the character and appearance of the surrounding area”.

Stamford Town Council raised no objection but Ryhall and Uffington parish councils both raised highways concerns. Sport England has written to the council and said it accepts the need for replacement pitches and the benefit the building would have to the college, but wants to see it used by the community. Sport England also asked its design guidance be taken into consideration.

Natural England and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have asked the impact on wildlife is considered and an arboriculturalist is concerned that horse chestnut trees will be felled.

There have also been 18 letters of objection to the application raising concerns including visual intrusion, highways issues, the disturbance from the proposed car boot sales and social events.

Ryhall Road Residents Association has asked that its objections to the previous application are taken into account, which include fears the development would cause a “nuisance” to nearby residents and that it would be noisy in the evening and at weekends.

Burghley House Preservation Trust has already been given outline permission to demolish the Daniels’ current ground in Kettering Road and replace it with 54 homes and outline approval to build 20 affordable homes in Barnack Road.

Officers have suggested that if the sports plans get the go-ahead on Tuesday, it should be linked to the housing applications to make sure the new football stadium is built before any development takes place at the current Daniels site.